General election 2015 – NHS, Health and care party policies.
With just 17 days to go until the General Election, we think it would be useful to try and clarify what each of the seven major parties are pledging regarding Heath and Care.
One of the most important topics in the 2015 General Election is how each party is going to manage the NHS over the next 5 years.
Here are the main pledges made by each party:
- Increase NHS spending in England by at least £8bn above inflation over the next five years
- Seven-day access to GPs by 2020 & same day appointments for over-75s when needed
- Integrate health and social care
- Improve access to mental health treatments
- Extra £2.5bn funding for the NHS, to pay for 20,000 more nurses, 3,000 midwives and 8,000 GPs
- Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS at 5%
- Integrate NHS health care and social care
- End 15 minute care visits
- Increase real terms NHS funding at least £8bn a year by 2020, starting with an extra £1bn a year until 2018
- Integrate health and social care budgets
- £3.5bn extra for mental health
- That includes £1.25bn for children and teenagers and £250m for pregnant women and new mums with depression
- Extra £3bn a year for the NHS by 2020, used to fund 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 GPs and 3,000 midwives
- Spend £200m on scrapping hospital car parking charges
- Insist migrants and visitors to UK have private health insurance
- Extra £1.2bn a year for social care
- Increase NHS budget by £12bn a year
- Ensure the NHS is fully publicly-funded, end privatisation and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012
- Make mental health a greater priority
- Social care provided free if needed
- Protect health budget and improve quality
- Cut senior management numbers by 25%, give flexible access to healthcare and reduce waiting
- One-stop cancer diagnosis
- Further integration between NHS 24 and Scottish Ambulance Service
- Train and recruit 1,000 extra doctors
- Integrate health and social care
- New Medicines and Treatments Fund to help treatments not usually available on NHS
- Oppose NHS privatisation and inclusion in US-EU free trade agreement, TTIP
Which party do you think pledges to best manage the NHS over the next 5 years?
Do you have any comments?
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