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The future of health and social care in the UK

As the general elections in May take place, and the public wait to vote on the future of the UK government, political parties continue to promote their policies and views – and will do right up to election day.

Election 2015

Delivering their 2015 election manifestos, Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and UKIP are weighing in on some of the UK’s most pressing issues.

The economy, growth, immigration, tax, the EU; all of these have proven to be strong talking points for each party. But perhaps one of this year’s most talked about issues, health and social care, has been at the forefront of many of the parties’ discussions.

Health and social care

NHS funding, mental health, GP access, integrated care, public health and NHS reform, are just some of the main topics in dispute in this year’s election. Each party offers different promises and actions, and have diverse views on the future of the UK healthcare system.

With such vital sector in question, there’s no doubt that issues and policies related to health and social care should be treated with care. So, if you’re voting in the 2015 general election, it’s worth knowing a little more about each parties’ proposed plans.

Main party pledges

Here are just a few of each of the main parties’ health and social care pledges:

Labour

  • An annual £2.5 billion ‘time to care’ fund for health and social care, paid for by a mansion tax and a levy on tobacco firms
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS
  • Will integrate NHS health care and social care

Conservative

  • A minimum real-terms increase of £8 billion a year by 2020 to fully fund the NHS
  • Seven-day access to GPs by 2020 & same day appointments for over-75s
  • Will improve access to mental health treatments

Liberal Democrat

  • Funding for NHS to be £8 billion higher in real terms by 2020
  • £3.5bn extra for mental health – £1.25bn for children/teenagers and £250m for pregnant women/new mums with depression
  • Will integrate health and social care budgets

Green Party

  • Pledged to increase NHS funding by £20 billion a year, and social care funding by £9 billion a year, by 2020
  • Will ensure the NHS is fully publicly-funded, ending privatisation
  • Will repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012

UKIP

  • Pledged an extra £3 billion a year for the NHS by 2020
  • Will spend £200m on scrapping hospital car parking charges
  • Migrants and visitors to UK must have private health insurance

At Olympic South Ltd (OSL) and the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’ve always maintained our services, and worked to give our customers and service users the best possible treatment. As a service provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, we take great interest in political issues, as changes to the healthcare industry are likely to affect our work. But, as our main priority is to help and serve the public, it’s important that we maintain our high-level of services no matter the political climate.

For more information about this year’s general election, why not visit the BBC’s Election 2015 website.

To find out more about our range of specialist transport services, visit the HATS website today or follow Olympic South Ltd on Twitter.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author 

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.

 

Henry Bilinski: The HATS Group in 2015

After such a brilliant 2014 here at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’re really excited about the year ahead of us and the further development of our comprehensive range of specialist services.

Strong relationships

As CEO at HATS for over 15 years, I’ve seen the company go from strength to strength. We’ve built strong relationships with both our local partners, trusts and community members, providing safe and reliable care to those in need. And that’s something that we will continue this year.

Catering to the public’s needs

Working alongside the NHS and local authorities, both within Greater London and the adjacent counties, we’ve been able to produce services which cater to the public’s needs. And in 2015, we aim to further dedicate our time to our clients and their wellbeing, streamlining our fleet with the implementation of new vehicles and technologies.

Dedicated staff

Working alongside a tight-knit and highly-trained team of individuals at HATS, our staff are not only fully qualified, but they’re also down to earth. We always try to stay true to our roots and remain dedicated to our community, and this is achieved through our various equal opportunity employment policies. This year we want to continue to grow and broaden our incredible team in Wimbledon. We’re always on the lookout for talented and passionate people, and have a number of openings for those interested in healthcare and transport.

At HATS we’re constantly looking for new ways to help improve and develop our services for our customers. And as 2015 continues, we’ll be doing everything in our power to make sure we still provide the very best experience possible.

Thanks for reading,

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author 

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.