General election 2017: Green, SNP and UKIP manifesto pledges on health

Ahead of next month's general election, GPonline takes a look at the manifesto pledges for health and social care from the Green Party, UKIP and the SNP.

You can read more on the proposals for health and social care from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats here.

Green Party 

Funding

  • Provide an ‘immediate cash injection’ to ensure everyone can access a GP, hospitals can run properly and staff are ‘fairly paid’.
  • ‘Major investment’ in social care for the elderly and all those who need it.

Structure and governance

  • Roll back privatisation of the NHS to ensure all health and dental services are always publicly provided and funded, and free at the point of access via the introduction of an NHS Reinstatement Act
  • Scrap STPs.

Mental health

  • Ensure people experiencing mental health crises are supported close to their home.
  • Introduce mental health awareness training within the public sector

Disability

  • The Green Party has also launched a disability manifesto. Central to this manifesto is a plan to create a community-led care and support service to train, support and resource communities to better help each other and the most vulnerable in society.
  • Better support for carers through practical help, increasing the carers allowance and scrapping plans to remove attendance allowance.
  • Ensure benefits and support systems enable all to have a good quality of life.
  • Create a Housing Adaptions Fund to help people return home quickly from hospital and ensure older and disabled people’s homes are appropriate for their needs. This, the Greens say, will result in significant savings for the NHS and social care.

SNP 

Health policy in Scotland is devolved to the Scottish government, however the SNP’s manifesto sets out how its MPs in Westminster would vote on matters relating to the NHS and health.

Funding

  • The SNP will demand an end to austerity, which will enable the UK government to increase NHS investment.
  • SNP MPs will argue for an increase in frontline health spending.
  • The party is committed to increasing the budget of NHS Scotland by £2bn by the end of the current Scottish Parliament.

Structure, governance and regulation

  • SNP MPs will vote against any further privatisation of the NHS in England and back any moves to restore it to a fully public service. The SNP says that any move to privatise the NHS in England could lead to cuts to the budget available for Scotland.
  • The SNP will work on a cross-party basis to support an NHS Reinstatement Bill for England.
  • MPs will press the government to re-commit to key policies relating to tackling obesity, such as closing loopholes in the sugary drinks tax, tightening regulation of junk food advertising to children and introducing clearer food labelling.
  • It will call on the government to remain part of the European Medicines Agency after Brexit. It will also push for responsibility for medicine and medical product regulation in Scotland to be devolved to the Scottish parliament.
  • SNP MPs will push for continuity in cross-border health insurance arrangements including the European Health Insurance Card.

Workforce

  • The Scottish government will work with the unions to submit evidence to the independent pay review body on the impact of pay restraint in the NHS and ask it to make fair recommendations. If the UK government continues to constrain pay in the next parliament the SNP will aim to work with unions to establish separate Scottish pay review arrangements.
  • SNP MPs will push the government to immediately protect the rights of EU NHS workers.

Other issues

  • The SNP will support efforts for pre-exposure prophylaxis for patients at-risk of contracting HIV to be made available on the NHS throughout the rest of the UK.
  • It will support a full public inquiry on the issue of contaminated blood products across the rest of the UK.

UKIP 

Funding

  • UKIP is promising the NHS an additional £9bn a year by 2021/22 and an additional £2bn for social care, which will come from scrapping the £11bn foreign aid budget.
  • End the use of PFI contracts.
  • Establish a Royal Commission to look at long-term solutions for funding the NHS while retaining its values.
  • Launch the ‘toughest ever crackdown’ on ineligible foreign nationals using the NHS, which UKIP says costs the NHS £2bn a year. Only British citizens or foreign nationals who have paid UK taxes for at least five consecutive years will be eligible for non-urgent NHS care. Anyone else will have to provide evidence of medical insurance. Urgent care will continue to be provided to all who need it.

Primary care

  • Deliver 10,000 additional GPs by 2025.
  • Incentivise GPs to work in geographical areas ‘most in need’.
  • Fund ‘return to practice’ training and encourage retired GPs and those with small children to work in part-time or job-share schemes.
  • Introduce a wider range of health professionals into GP surgeries, including funding additional support staff such as physician associates, clinical pharmacists and health visitors.
  • Allow practices to operate a 'wider range of clinics', including minor surgeries.

Workforce

  • Lift the cap on medical school training places from 7,500 to 10,000. If medical students commit to working within the NHS for at least 10 out of the 15 years after they qualify their tuition fees will be covered.
  • Guarantee the rights of EU nationals working in health and social care.
  • Increase the number of nurse training placements.
  • Reinstate funding bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.
  • Cover the cost of re-training for nurses who have had career breaks.
  • Scrap the 1% pay increase limit for ‘frontline NHS workers earning less that £35,000’.
  • Train more emergency medicine consultants.

Structure, governance and regulation

  • Establish a Department for Health and Care and create a sustainably-funded social care system assimilated into the NHS.
  • End appraisal and revalidation work that ‘goes beyond that deemed necessary by the GMC’.
  • Re-registering with the GMC will be made easier for doctors who have worked overseas.
  • Create the equivalent of the GMC for NHS managers and require managers to have a ‘licence to manage’.
  • Abolish the CQC and create a new inspection regime.
  • Scrap the Clinical Trial Directive and the Working Time Directive.
  • Limit the amount that can be spent on external management consultants to £50,000.

Mental health

  • Increase spending on mental health services by at least £500m every year.
  • Cut waiting times for treatment.
  • Ensure smooth transition between child and adult care services.
  • Ensure funding for mental health reaches mental health services, rather than being diverted to other services.
  • Integrate mental health training into the teacher-training syllabus.
  • Develop a national school-based counselling service.
  • Provide access to specialist mental health treatment for all pregnant women and mothers of children under 12 months of age.
  • Offer swift access to  mental health services for patients diagnosed with debilitating long-term conditions and terminal illnesses.
  • Integrate mental wellbeing monitoring into existing medical examinations for serving armed forces personnel in potentially traumatic or ‘at risk’ roles.

Other

  • Scrap hospital car parking charges.

Details of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos

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