Lib Dems will 'directly involve' GPs in out-of-hours care

GPs will be 'directly involved' in providing out-of-hours care under a Liberal Democrat government, their leader Nick Clegg has pledged.

Mr Clegg: Increase spending in some parts of the NHS
Mr Clegg: Increase spending in some parts of the NHS

In its election manifesto, which was released on Wednesday, the Liberal Democrats also promised to link GP payments to health prevention measures with the aim of improving the health of the population.

It was also outlined that every patient would have the right to choose to register with the GP they want, as well as the right to access their GP by email, if the Liberal Democrats are voted in at the election next month.

Meanwhile, it was also promised that health and social care would be integrated further in an effort to allow people to stay in their homes longer, rather than going to hospital or long-term residential care.

But Mr Clegg also said his first priority is to increase spending in some parts of the NHS by cutting waste in others.

He said: 'We have identified specific savings that can be made in management costs, bureaucracy and quangos, and we will reinvest that money back into the health care you need.

‘The NHS is a huge system, and we will make changes to ensure it works as effectively as possible.'

The Conservatives published their manifesto on Tuesday promising GP appointments 8am-8pm seven days a week.

Labour's manifesto out Monday pledged to expand the primary care nurse role.

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