"Taking back our health service"
An at-a-glance guide
The Green Party's general election manifesto and health policy document pledged to:
- Immediately increase the NHS budget by £12 billion a year, increase investment in mental health and provide for free dentistry, chiropody and prescriptions in England.
- Thereafter increase the overall NHS budget annually in real terms by 1.2 per cent. Taken together, this will raise NHS budgets by £20 billion by 2020.
- Increase alcohol and tobacco taxes to fund increases in NHS spending.
- Introduce an NHS tax, earmarked to increase direct funding of the NHS, as part of general income and other taxation.
- Provide free social care and healthcare for older people, as per the Barker report. This would be at an additional cost of £8 billion a year initially, rising to £9 billion by the end of the Parliament.
- Restore the proportion of NHS funding in primary care from 7 per to 11 per cent, as per the level in 2005.
- Divert funding away from centralised facilities towards community healthcare, illness prevention and health promotion.
- Align NHS pay with inflation and negotiate improved conditions.
- Expand the workforce to drive the improvement of mental health services.
- Make companies employing or using NHS-trained healthcare professionals outside the NHS pay an additional training tax.
Private sector involvement
- Repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2015 and introduce an NHS Reinstatement Bill.
- Stop further private finance initiative (PFI) contracts.
- Seek ways to buy out existing PFI contracts, setting aside £5 billion over the next Parliament to do so.
- More closely integrate primary and hospital care.
- Review district staffing structures with the aim of integrating hospital-based specialists into primary care and community health workers into hospital practice.
- Ensure no one waits more than 28 days for access to talking therapies.
- Ensure that anyone requiring a mental health bed has access to one in their local area, unless they need specialist care and treatment.
- Abolish foundation trust status
- Provide local community health structures that would provide a wide range of services, including out-of-hours care.
Political parties' plans
Find out about Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and SNP plans for health and social care.
NHS Confederation members can access a detailed comparative analysis of Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat plans for our resources library – login required.