Plaid Cymru's Westminster manifesto, published on 16 April 2015, states that if the party takes office following the general election, it will:
Quality of care
- Implement measures to improve dignity in care and hospitals through ensuring sufficient time to care.
- Ensure a rigorous and independent Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.
- Propose a Medical Accountability Bill, including a duty of candour.
- Train and recruit 1,000 additional doctors.
- Develop a national workforce plan to ensure sufficient healthcare staff in all parts of Wales.
- Increase the number of district and community nurses to support people outside of hospital.
- Focus providing training in Wales for more doctors, paramedics, nurses and other professional healthcare workers.
- Focus on ensuring sufficient Welsh-speaking healthcare professionals and social workers.
- Increase resources for ambulances and staffing to ensure sufficient emergency care available, including advanced practitioners such as nurses and paramedics.
Private sector involvement
- Reject the marketisation and privatisation of the NHS.
- Strongly oppose inclusion of NHS within the EU-US free trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Access to services
- Ensure people receive healthcare in their own home or community; protect and promote the district nursing services, and develop specialist services such as children, older people and palliative care.
- Provide funding to assist independent Air Ambulance Service.
- Ensure everyone has the same access to an NHS dentist.
- Implement a National Cancer Plan and prioritise early diagnosis. Work to ensure all cancer patients have access to specialist cancer nurse.
- Require all NHS buildings to be energy efficient.
Access to medicines and technology
- Keep free prescriptions.
- Introduce New Medicines and Treatment Fund for treatments not ordinary available for patients on the NHS, with decisions applying nationally across Wales.
- Improve IT in healthcare through supporting development of eHealth and Telemedicine.
- Support the All Trials campaign for publication of all clinical trials.
- Raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace and across society.
- Increase access to talking therapies, as well as funding support for eating disorders, drug and alcohol treatment and services for young people.
- Make it easier for people to access wellbeing facilities and to get active to prevent health problems.
- Support a tax on sugary drinks.
- Support the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products.
- Introduce better regulation, including stricter marketing rules, on e-cigarettes.
- Introduce a 50p minimum price per unit on alcohol sales.
Political parties' plans
Find out about Labour, Conservative, Green Party, UKIP and SNP plans for health and social care.
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