UK Independence Party plans

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"An efficient, affordable, world-class NHS"

An at-a-glance guide

The UK Independence Party's general election manifesto pledged to: 

Funding

  • Invest an additional £3 billion into the NHS, directed at front-line services.
  • Increase mental health funding by £170 million annually, phasing this in through the first two years of the next Parliament.
  • Invest £130 million a year in dementia funding; £650 million over the next Parliament.
  • Invest £1 billion a year in social care for the elderly.
  • Stop further use of the private finance initiative (PFI) in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out PFI contracts early, where affordable.
  • Ensure visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid national insurance for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry, saving the NHS £2 billion per year.
  • Invest £200 million to make parking at English hospitals free for patients and their visitors.

Access

  • Ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.
  • Ensure GP surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand.

Workforce

  • Fund and train 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives.
  • Waive university tuition fees for new medical students who work in Britain for five years after qualifying. 
  • Fund the cost of re-training for GPs, nurses and midwives who wish to return to practice. 
  • Initiate pilot programmes in English hospitals to put GPs on duty in A&E departments seven days a week.
  • Introduce a license for managers, akin to licensing requirements for doctors and nurses
  • Reinstate state enrolled nurses (SEN). 
  • Ban zero-hours contracts.

Mental health

  • Offer direct access to specialist mental health treatment for pregnant women and mothers of children under 12 months of age.

National bodies and local structures

  • Abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission and replace their inspectorate functions with elected county health boards to scrutinise local health services. 
  • Give county health boards the power to inspect health services, conduct snap inspections and take evidence from whistleblowers. They will be charged with a statutory duty to investigate concerns flagged  by their local healthwatch or local authority health scrutiny panels.

Integration

  • Bring health and social care together, under the control of the NHS.

Social care

  • Invest £1.2 billion every year by the end of the next Parliament to fund social care.
  • Establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund from any tax revenue received from shale oil and gas exploration, with investment returns ringfenced to implement the Dilnot Commission.
  • Introduce a legally-binding ‘Dignity Code’ to improve standards of professional care.

Political parties' plans

Find out about Labour, Lib Dem, ConservativeGreen Party and Plaid Cymru plans for health and social care.

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