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Our 5 asks of government - NHS at breaking point

Our hospitals and GP surgeries are full, social care is on its knees, with staff working under impossible conditions. This not only affects the quality of the care which patients receive, but can also have a profound impact on patients' individual experience of the NHS. 

Consecutive governments have been in denial about the state of the NHS.

In our BMA manifesto - A vote for health, we called on the government not to duck this crisis any longer, and instead to outline credible and sustainable plans that will safeguard the future of the fully funded and supported NHS that staff want and patients deserve.

Following the General Election, Dr Mark Porter has written to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action to find solutions to the issues facing the NHS and asking for a meeting.

Read the letter to the Prime Minister (PDF)


For each of these key issues, the government must:

1. Brexit

Provide certainty to NHS staff from EU countries about their futures in the UK and the NHS.

Read our briefing paper

2. Public health

Take action to improve the health of the population and reverse cuts to public health as a priority.

Read our briefing paper

3. NHS funding

Commit to a long-term funding solution for the NHS. This means ensuring that the UK's spend on health matches or exceeds that of leading European economies.

Read our briefing paper

4. General practice

Deliver on its commitment to help stabilise general practice in the face of soaring demand, a critical shortage of GPs and excessive bureaucracy.

Read our briefing paper

5. NHS pressures (bed numbers, workforce crisis, etc)

Address the pressures across the healthcare system that prevent the delivery of high-quality, safe care.

Read our briefing paper

BMA manifesto - A vote for health

During the general election campaign, we called on all political parties to put healthcare at the forefront of their plans, focusing on the five key areas outlined in our manifesto.

Download the BMA manifesto


Political party manifestos - how do they compare?

As the political party manifestos became available, we scrutinised the details and provided an overview of the pledges that will impact upon our members and the health sector more widely.

Find out more