Priorities for the new government

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On 13 December 2019, the Conservative Party formed a majority government following five weeks of campaigning during which the NHS featured heavily in political pledges and commentary.

Health leaders have been clear that plugging the gaps in workforce, fixing the social care crisis and investing in NHS infrastructure are the key challenges affecting patient care. 

They are also clear that transforming mental health and protecting healthcare as the United Kingdom leaves the EU are key priorities in the year ahead.

Time to deliver

We have written to the Prime Minister on healthcare leaders' behalf setting out what the government should prioritise within its first six months and in the longer term.

Immediate priorities include:

  • Setting a realistic budget in the 2020 Spending Review to restore investment in training clinicians, facilitate recruitment and retention and mitigate the effects of the loss of the nursing bursary.
  • Reform the tax system or the NHS Pension Scheme to eliminate the impact on clinical staff
  • Increased funding for social care, as well as setting up cross-party talks on future reform
  • Creating an emergency capital infrastructure fund for those NHS trusts with maintenance backlogs deemed high or significant risk
  • Publishing a white paper in response to the independent review of the Mental Health Act and committing to a new mental health bill
  • Making sure health is a top priority in the UK’s negotiating mandate following the UK’s departure from the EU  

Find out more in the accompanying report Time to deliver: NHS priorities for the new government. You can also access a summary of the Conservative Party's manifesto.

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