Launching the party’s manifesto this morning, leader Natalie Bennett said the party would take back the ‘publicly owned, publicly run’ health service with ‘0% of public money going into private profit’.
Key health and care policies for the manifesto include:
- Restore general practice’s share of NHS funding to 11% from present 7%, and review the case for increasing it further
- Increased funding for other primary and community care services
- Encourage co-operation between primary care providers such as opticians and pharmacies
- Increase the NHS budget by £12bn a year immediately, thereafter annual increase the NHS budget by 1.2% annually funded by increased alcohol and tobacco tax, giving a total rise of £20bn by 2020
- Repeal the health and social care act and introduce an NHS reinstatement bill to restore the secretary of state’s obligation to provide a comprehensive service and end the purchaser provider split and restrict the role of commercial companies
- End PFI
- Free social care for older people
- New community health centres providing services including out of hours care
- Respect NHS pay review bodies and being pay back into line with inflation
- Special focus on improving mental health care
- Expand the workforce to drive mental health service improvement
Green health spokeswoman and GP Dr Jillian Creasy, writing in the manifesto, said the relationship between health professionals and patients had been damaged by ‘20 years of ideological tampering’ by governments. Outsourcing had fragmented care, she said.
‘Professionals must be given the time to care, rather than ticking governance boxes,' said Dr Creasy
‘We need a culture in which all staff are able to shape the system they work in.’
Ms Bennett said: ‘Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy.
‘This manifesto presents the Green party’s genuine alternative to our tired, business-as-usual politics. We desperately need a more equal society and the policies we announce today pave the way towards a brighter, fairer future for all.’