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.
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
About the Author
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.