"An efficient, affordable, world-class NHS"
An at-a-glance guide
The UK Independence Party's general election manifesto pledged to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring health and social care together, under the control of the NHS.
- 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, Conservative, Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru plans for health and social care.