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General election 2019: A manifesto for health

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Manifesto for health

What needs to change to improve care for patients and the working lives of doctors?

As the only medical organisation that represents all doctors and medical students in the UK, we have drawn on their experiences to find the answers.

In this manifesto for health, we have set out our priorities for any incoming government:

  • Reform the punitive pension tax system for doctors.
  • Pay doctors fairly and address historic underpayments.
  • Legislate for safe staffing.
  • Increase spending on the NHS by over 4%.
  • Give the public the final say on any Brexit deal.

Download the manifesto

 

'Our manifesto for health is the blueprint from which the NHS can grow and thrive'

Brexit and health are two clear priorities for the UK voting public. In our manifesto for political parties ahead of the 2019 General Election we outline, using the expertise and experience of doctors, the key solutions to meeting the pivotal challenges facing the NHS. 

Patients and doctors need parliamentarians of all parties to support their concerns and to prioritise the NHS and its workforce. From addressing Brexit-related medicine shortages, to waiting lists, to workforce gaps and the damaging impact of pension taxation policies driving doctors out of the profession, to cuts to public health – our manifesto for health is the blueprint from which the NHS can grow and thrive.

BMA council chair, Chaand Nagpaul

 

Get involved

Write to your prospective parliamentary candidate

Patients and doctors need prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) of all parties to support their concerns and to prioritise the NHS and its workforce. 

You can help ensure the next government hears doctors' voices by emailing your PPCs today. Emailing your PPCs is easy with our online tool, which will instantly create emails for you to send to each of the candidates standing in your constituency.

Email your PPC using our tool 

Questions to ask your PPC (PDF)

 

Party manifesto pledges

Read our briefings

Ahead of the general election 2019, we've summarised the key manifesto pledges from the Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party, the SNP and the Conservative Party, concentrating on those areas that impact the health and social care sectors, NHS staff and patients. Download the full summaries for each party.

Liberal Democrat manifesto summary

Labour Party manifesto summary

Conservative Party manifesto summary

Scottish National Party manifesto summary 

 

Compare the parties' manifesto pledges

We've looked at how the 2019 election manifesto commitments made by the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties compare against each of the calls to action highlighted in the BMA's own manifesto for health.

Download the comparison