The Conservative Party’s pledges on health, care and wellbeing are summarised below.
The manifesto can be read in the following places:
- Enshrine in law the fully funded long-term NHS plan, within three months.
- Between 2018 and 2023, raise funding for the NHS by 29 per cent.
- Ensure this money goes to the frontline, to provide appointments more quickly and improved care.
- Build and fund 40 new hospitals over the next 10 years, on top of the 20 hospital upgrades announced in the summer.
- Continue to repair financial damage done by PFI deals.
- Tackle the underlying causes of increases in NHS demand, for example via a long-term strategy for empowering people with lifestyle-related conditions such as obesity to live healthier lives, as well as tackling childhood obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
- Continue to promote the uptake of vaccines via the national vaccination strategy.
- Extend social prescribing and expand the new National Academy of Social Prescribing.
- Overhaul NHS screening and use new technology and mobile screening services to prevent ill health.
- Focus on helping patients with multiple conditions to have simplified and more joined-up access to the NHS.
- Improve hospital food alongside the wider National Food Strategy.
- Extend the successful Cancer Drugs Fund into an Innovative Medicines Fund so that doctors can use the most advanced, life-saving treatments for conditions such as cancer or autoimmune disease, or for children with other rare diseases.
- Use frontline technology to improve patients’ experience, provide flexible working for clinicians, and help save lives. Hold an annual health technology summit.
- Support hospices, developing the plans already announced to secure their future.
- Make the NHS the best place in the world to give birth through personalised, high-quality support.
- Uphold the commitment to extend healthy life expectancy by five years by 2035.
- In trade negotiations, the NHS will not be on the table. The price the NHS pays for drugs will not be on the table. The services the NHS provides will not be on the table.
- Invest in world-class computing and health data systems that can aid research
- Improve the early diagnosis and treatment of all major conditions.
- Treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health.
- Legislate so that patients suffering from mental health conditions, including anxiety or depression, have greater control over their treatment and receive the dignity and respect they deserve.
- Make it easier for people with learning disabilities and autism to be discharged from hospital and improve how they are treated in law.
- Provide £74 million over three years for additional capacity in community care settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.
- Improve NHS performance, bring down operating waiting times, improve A&E performance and increase cancer survival rates. Study carefully the recommendations of the ongoing review led by NHS clinical staff into A&E and clinical performance.
- Make finding a cure for dementia one of the Government’s biggest collective priorities. This will include doubling research funding into dementia and speeding up trials for new treatments.
- Roll out cancer diagnostic machines across 78 hospital trusts to boost early diagnosis.
- Build a cross-party consensus to bring forward an answer that solves the problem, commands the widest possible support, and stands the test of time.
- Nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.
- Additional funding of £1 billion in every year of the new Parliament.
Childhood and parenthood
- Review the care system to make sure that all care placements and settings are providing children and young adults with the support they need.
- Establish a new £1 billion fund to help create more high quality, affordable childcare, including before and after school and during the school holidays.
- Legislate to allow parents to take extended leave for neonatal care. Look at ways to make it easier for fathers to take paternity leave.
- Abolish the tampon tax.
- Publish a National Strategy for Disabled People before the end of 2020. This will look at ways to improve the benefits system, opportunities and access for disabled people in terms of housing, education, transport and jobs. It will include existing commitments to increase SEND funding and support pupils, students and adults to get careers advice, internships, and transition into work. Reduce the disability employment gap.
- Support all victims of domestic abuse and pass the Domestic Abuse Bill.
- Increase support for refuges and community support for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
- Pilot integrated domestic abuse courts that address criminal and family matters in parallel.
- Extend the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers, the majority of whom are women, to one week.
- Improve the quality of evidence and data within Government about the types of barriers different groups face.
- Keep the triple lock, the winter fuel payment, the older person’s bus pass and other pensioner benefits, ensuring that older people have the security and dignity they deserve.
- Continue the roll-out of Universal Credit.
- Do more to make sure that Universal Credit works for the most vulnerable. End the benefit freeze, while making sure it pays to work more hours.
- Support the main carer in any household receiving the Universal Credit payment.
- Maintain the commitment to free school meals.
- Extend the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers, the majority of whom are women, to one week.
- Reduce the number of reassessments a disabled person must go through when a significant change in condition is unlikely.
- Deliver 50,000 more nurses, with students receiving a £5,000-£8,000 annual maintenance grant every year during their course to help with their cost of living. All will receive at least £5,000 with further funding in regions or disciplines that are struggling to recruit – such as mental health – and help with their childcare costs.
- 6,000 more doctors in general practice and 6,000 more primary care professionals, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists, on top of the 7,500 extra nurse associates and 20,000 primary care professionals already announced.
- Improve staff morale with more funding for professional training and more supportive hospital management.
- Deliver 50 million extra general practice appointments a year, an increase of over 15 per cent.
- Address the ‘taper problem’ in doctors’ pensions, which causes many to turn down extra shifts for fear of high tax bills. Within 30 days, hold an urgent review, working with the British Medical Association and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to solve the problem.
- Overhaul the current immigration system, and make it more fair and compassionate, so that what happened to the Windrush generation will never happens again.
- Deliver the Windrush compensation scheme.
- People coming into the country from the EU will only be able to access unemployment, housing, and child benefit after five years, in the way non-EEA migrants currently do.
- No longer allow people to claim child benefit for children living overseas.
- Increase the NHS surcharge paid by those from overseas.
- Require new arrivals to contribute to the funding of the NHS and will increase the health surcharge to ensure it covers the full cost of use.
- Enforce charges on those who come here country and use health services without contributing, doubling the budget for the health tourism enforcement unit.
- Continue to offer free emergency care to anyone who needs it.
- Introduce an NHS Visa. Qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with a job offer from the NHS, who have been trained to a recognised standard, and who have good working English, will be offered fast-track entry, reduced visa fees and dedicated support to come to the UK with their families.
Local and regional government
- Local people will continue to have the final say on council tax, being able to veto excessive rises.
- Ambition for full devolution across England, building on the devolution of powers to city region mayors, Police and Crime Commissioners and others. Publish an English Devolution White Paper next year.
- Ensure that new GP and school places are delivered ahead of people moving into new housing developments.
- The Towns Fund will go to an initial 100 towns to improve their local economy – and they and only they will make the choice about what improvements their local area needs.
- Invest £500 million in new youth clubs and services.
- Work with local universities to do more for the education, health and prosperity of their local areas.
- Establish a £150 million Community Ownership Fund to encourage local takeovers of civic organisations or community assets that are under threat – local football clubs, but also pubs or post offices. Help communities that want to create ‘pocket parks’ and regenerate derelict areas.
- Support communities living on council estates who want to take ownership of the land and buildings they live in.
- Ask every community to decide on its own design standards for new development, allowing residents a greater say on the style and design of development in their area, with local councils encouraged to build more beautiful architecture.
- Offer more homes to local families, enabling councils to use developers’ contributions via the planning process to discount homes in perpetuity by a third for local people who cannot otherwise afford to buy in their area. Councils could use this to prioritise key workers in their area, like police, nurses and teachers.
- Bring forward a Social Housing White Paper which will set out further measures to empower tenants and support the continued supply of social homes. This will include measures to provide greater redress, better regulation and improve the quality of social housing
- Renew the Affordable Homes Programme, in order to support the delivery of hundreds of thousands of affordable homes.
- End the blight of rough sleeping by the end of the next Parliament by expanding successful pilots and programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and Housing First, and working to bring together local services to meet the health and housing needs of people sleeping on the streets.
- Support high rise residential residents with the removal of unsafe cladding, and continue with materials testing.
- Encourage innovative design and technology to make housing more affordable, accessible, and suitable for disabled people and an ageing population.
- Support the creation of new kinds of homes that have low energy bills and which support environmental targets. Expect all new streets to be lined with trees.
- Help lower energy bills by investing £9.2 billion in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals.
- Keep the existing energy cap and introduce new measures to lower bills.
- Give the Competition and Markets Authority enhanced powers to tackle consumer rip-offs and bad business practices.
Environment and transport
- Set up a new independent Office For Environmental Protection and introduce legal targets, including for air quality.
- Support clean transport to ensure clean air, as well as setting strict new laws on air quality.
- Support commuter cycling routes, so that more people can cycle safely to work and more families can go out together. Extend Bikeability – cycling proficiency training – to every child. Work with the NHS to promote cycling for healthier living.
- End unfair hospital car parking charges by making parking free for those in greatest need, including disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders, parents of sick children staying overnight and staff working night shifts.
Addiction and problem behaviour
- Continue to take action to tackle gambling addiction.
- Review alcohol duty to ensure that the tax system is supporting British drink producers.
- Tackle drug-related crime, and at the same time take a new approach to treatment to reduce drug deaths and break the cycle of crime linked to addiction.
- Improve the Troubled Families programme and champion Family Hubs to serve vulnerable families with the intensive, integrated support they need to care for children – from the early years and throughout their lives.
- Require schools, police, councils and health authorities to work together through Violence Reduction Units to prevent serious crime.
Published: 25th November 2019
Source: The Patients Association
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