The Brexit Party has issues what it calls a ‘contract with the people’ instead of a manifesto. Its foreword explains: “Our Contract with the People is a targeted set of deliverable pledges. We are not seeking election as a government. We are seeking to deliver the Brexit that we were promised three and a half years ago.”
Its policy pledges relating to health, care and wellbeing are below, and you can read the full document in the following places:
- Continued investment in the NHS, better management, increasing the number of medical staff and cutting waste.
- The NHS must remain a publicly-owned, comprehensive service that is free at the point of use.
- There should be no privatisation of the NHS; where existing private initiatives have failed to deliver they will be returned to public ownership.
- Support investment in medical research and development; stop the taxpayer being ripped off by pharmaceutical companies.
- Abolish all politically imposed hospital targets that distort clinical priorities.
- Re-open the nursing and midwifery professions to recruitment without the degree requirement, alongside a new nursing qualification in social care.
- Introduce 24-hour GP surgeries to relieve the strain in A&E departments.
- Have a national debate on our NHS, involving the public alongside MPs, doctors and experts.
- Discuss ring-fencing the NHS budget and the tax revenues that pay for it.
- Support those who have paid into the system with accelerated payment processes (five-week maximum), and continue to root out fraud.
- Undertake a 12-month review of the system and bring in reforms within two years.
- Review the position of women unexpectedly short-changed by recent rises in the state pension age.
- Extend the use of dormant funds to support civil society.
- Simplify the planning and development processes to encourage small and medium sized developers, accelerating the pace of development to increase housing supply.
- Change the funding model to make it easier for councils to borrow from central government to build council houses.
Published: 25th November 2019
Source: The Patients Association
Story URL: https://www.patients-association.org.uk/blog/brexit-party-manifesto