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Political party manifestos - how do they compare?

In our BMA manifesto - A vote for health, we call on politicians, of all parties, to outline credible and sustainable plans that will safeguard the future of the fully funded and supported NHS that staff want and patients deserve.

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

 

Labour

The Labour Party manifesto was launched by the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn at an event in Bradford on 16 May 2017.

The Labour leader pledged to do more to support mental health and promote greater equality. Overall the manifesto broadly pledges a raft of changes to strengthen workers' rights, increase funding on public services, including the NHS, and to introduce a programme of renationalisation, largely funded by tax on higher earners and a crackdown on tax avoidance.

Key pledges are included below and a full summary of issues affecting the medical profession, trade unions and the NHS is available to download through the link.

Download the full summary (PDF)

 

Key pledges from the Labour Party

1. Invest over £30bn in the NHS over the course of the next parliament
2. Remove the NHS pay cap
3. Guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain, including those in the NHS
4. Introduce a legal duty on the Secretary of State and on NHS England to ensure that excess private profits are not made out of the NHS
5. Halt the roll out of "Sustainability and Transformation Plans" and ask local health groups to redraw the plans with a focus on patient need rather than available finances

 

Conservatives

The Conservative's manifesto, 'Forward, Together' , was launched on 18 May 2017 and makes a number of commitments to health and social care.

The manifesto includes a commitment to increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years; reform social care funding; ensure the 140,000 staff from EU countries can carry on making their contribution to the health and social care system; introduce a new GP contract to help develop wider primary care services; reform the consultant contract; and increase the immigration health surcharge.

Key pledges are included below and a full summary of issues affecting the medical profession, trade unions and the NHS is available to download through the link.

Download the full summary (PDF)

 

Key pledges from the Conservative Party

1. Increasing NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years
2. Seeking assurances for EU staff working in the NHS as part of Brexit negotiations
3. Reform social care funding and align the future basis for means-testing domiciliary care with that for residential care, taking into account the value of the family home along with other assets and income
4. Support GPs to deliver innovative services that better meet patients’ needs, including phone and online consultations and the use of technology to triage people better and support integrated working
5. Increase the immigration health surcharge

 

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat Party's manifesto, 'Change Britain's Future', was launched on 17 May 2017 and makes a number of pledges regarding health and social care.

In trailing policies within the manifesto ahead of its publication, the Lib Dems spoke of their commitment to the NHS. Their first major policy announcement for the election was to "rescue the NHS and social care" through a Five Point Rescue Plan - including the party's spending commitment to generate more money for the NHS and social care by adding a penny on income tax.

Key pledges are included below and a full summary of issues affecting the medical profession, trade unions and the NHS is available to download through the link.

Download the full summary (PDF)

 

Key pledges from the Liberal Democrat Party

1. NHS and social care to receive an extra £6bn a year, paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax
2. Second referendum on the final Brexit deal - with an option to reject the deal and remain in the EU
3. Parity of esteem for mental and physical health
4. Remove the 1% public sector pay cap