Doctors are being invited to explain how the next government should address the BMA’s manifesto priorities launched today.
The manifesto, Four Steps to a Healthier Nation, sets out the key changes the association says should be implemented following next May’s general election.
It calls for greater partnership working between politicians and the health service to ensure the sustainability of the NHS, while promoting key BMA public health policies such as minimum unit pricing on alcohol and restrictions on tobacco sales.
It also calls for government to end organisational restructures within the NHS and shift focus away from a cost-saving and target-driven culture to one of greater transparency and support for healthcare professionals and patients.
The four steps are:
- Work in partnership with doctors to ensure a sustainable NHS
- Support the medical workforce
- Improve the health of the public
- Assure the quality and safety of patient care.
BMA council chair Mark Porter said the points and recommendations made within the manifesto were those identified as priorities by members.
He called on doctors to help make further recommendations on how these priorities should be addressed.
Dr Porter said: ‘The public’s mental and physical health and the quality of care which doctors are committed to delivering with other healthcare professionals must be at the heart of the UK general election, reflecting consistent, fundamental support across the UK for the NHS and its founding principles.
‘Over the coming months, we will continue to work with our members, patients, politicians and policy-makers to flesh out how the incoming government should address these priorities to deliver a health service which remains the best in the world, both in terms of quality and value for money.’
The run-up to the political party conference season has seen other health bodies publish manifestos. The NHS Confederation, a coalition of 21 healthcare organisations, has set out 15 public health ‘asks’ in its 2015 Challenge Declaration. The Royal College of Physician of London is due to launch its manifesto next week.
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