#BRUMVOTE and the NHS: 5 parties’ policies on health

on March 26, 2015

With the NHS being the biggest concern for most voters,
voters want to know how much extra spending each party
plans on using, and if at all, how are they going to fund this increase.

Here we have summarised 5 parties policies on health.


The Conservative policy


“We’re backing the NHS by working through our long-term economic plan – unlike Labour, we know that you can’t improve our health service without having a stronger, healthier economy to support it. We’re also delivering a more efficient and effective NHS by:

•Reducing bureaucracy to pay for more than 8,000 more doctors and 6,000 more nurses on wards – so frontline services deliver for you and your family

•Making services more efficient for patients – the number of people waiting more than a year for treatment is down by 98 per cent

•Launching a new Cancer Drugs Fund, which has already helped more than 60,000 people

After the next election we’ll continue to invest in the NHS, increasing spending in real terms every year. We’re also committed to giving everyone access to a GP seven days a week by 2020, so you and your family can see your doctor when it suits you.

For more information on the Conservative’s health policy CLICK HERE.

The Green Party’s policy


HE200 To promote public health through policies designed to secure a healthy urban and rural environment, healthy work, healthy agriculture and food, healthy education, a healthy transport system and healthy local economic development. (FD300s)

HE201 To devise new economic models using quality of life and health indicators as the target variables to be optimised. Policies to achieve these targets will be integrated into overall economic strategy. Health-promoting policies will be mediated by social investment at national, regional and community levels.

HE202 To develop a new public health consciousness, which, through individual and collective action, will challenge vested interests and promote the personal, social and political changes needed to achieve improved states of health.

HE203 To develop health services which place as much emphasis on illness prevention, health promotion and the development of individual and community self-reliance as on the treatment and cure of disease. Such services will of necessity be empowering, participatory and democratic and their development will be guided by users’ own perceptions of their health needs.

HE204 To ensure that health care services are delivered with compassion, taking into consideration patients full range of needs, health care will be delivered in an environment that promotes healing and care. This includes single sex wards in hospitals, ensuring that maternity care is of the highest quality, ensuring that care reflects people’s needs and that care promotes the dignity of all patients.

HE205 The Green Party supports the continued development of national minimum standards of care across the entire range of health services. Local people should decide what and how services are provided and should have complete flexibility to meet local needs as long as services meet minimum standards.

HE206 All healthcare whether intended to promote wellbeing or treat illness will be provided equally to all people to all regardless of economic, social or cultural status. Organisations providing health services will be expected to monitor and improve any inequality in delivery of services. This will apply to levels of income as well as other equality and diversity strands including gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background, faith, disability including learning difficulties, trans people or age.

HE207 The Green Party recognises that the Health Service, and all public services, influence the life of the community and the country. It is important that there is no discrimination in employment and that the NHS is a leader in challenging racism, homophobia, transphobia, and prejudice and discrimination based on disabilities or faith.

For more information on the Green partie’s health policy CLICK HERE

The Labour Party’s Policy



Tackle NHS waiting times and put patients first.
The Tories have created a crisis in A&E, and thousands of people can’t get a GP appointment when they need one. We will guarantee that you will be able to see a GP within 48 hours, which will help to tackle A&E waiting times.

Provide fairer access to mental health services.
We will make mental health the priority it deserves to be. We will ensure that people have access to the treatment and services they need. We will make sure all professional NHS staff receive mental health training.

Create a 21st Century NHS for complex needs.

We will make patient services fit for the future by bringing together physical health, mental health and social care into a single system of whole-person care. A single service built around patients.  

For more Information on the labour party’s health policy CLICK HERE.

The Liberal Democrats’ Policy



Better Care

The Liberal Democrats are committed to delivering better care for everyone. We are:

Improving services across the NHS, with 6,000 more doctors, lower waiting times and giving cancer drugs to 30,000 people.

Taking mental health seriously, putting £400m extra into early support.

•Introducing the first ever cap on the cost of social care, so people don’t have to sell their home to pay for their care.

The Tories and Labour have put the NHS at risk. It was Liberal Democrats who stopped Conservative privatisation plans and reverse some of Labour’s policies which meant private health companies got special favours.

In fact, Labour paid private companies £250 million for operations they didn’t even perform. Liberal Democrats have made sure that can never happen again.

For more information on libdems health policy CLICK HERE.


UKIP’s Policy


The National Health Service

  • UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.

  •  We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.

  •  We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.

  •  UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.

  • We will ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges in England.

  • We will replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.

  •  UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties.

  •  We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.

  •  UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise

  •  There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.

For more information on UKIP’s health policy CLICK HERE. 


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