Conservative Party

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The Conservative Party manifesto makes the following pledges:

NHS funding 

  • Increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years 
  • Build and upgrade primary care facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals in every part of England
  • Recover the cost of medical treatment from people not resident in the UK
  • Ensure new NHS numbers are not issued to patients until their eligibility has been verified
  • Increase the Immigration Health Surcharge, to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students. 
  • Ensure appropriate funding for GPs to meet rising costs of indemnity

Organisation

  • Review the operation of the NHS internal market and, in time for the start of the 2018 financial year and make non-legislative changes to remove barriers to the integration of care
  • If the current legislative landscape is either slowing implementation or preventing clear national or local accountability, necessary legislative changes will be made
  • Implement the recommendations of the Accelerated Access Review
  • Support the Five Year Forward View
  • Implement Sustainability and Transformation Plans
  • Make England the “first nation in the world to provide a truly seven-day healthcare service
  • Support more integrated working, including ensuring community pharmacies can play a stronger role to keep people healthy outside hospital 
  • Support NHS dentistry to improve coverage and reform contracts so that we pay for better outcomes
  • Give patients, via digital means or over the phone, the ability to book appointments, contact the 111 service, order repeat prescriptions, and access and update aspects of their care records, as well as control how their personal data is used 
  • Pilot the live publication of waiting times data for A&Es and other urgent care services
  • Retain the 95 per cent A&E target and the 18-week elective care standard so that those needing care receive it in a timely fashion 
  • Extend the scope of the CQC to cover the health-related services commissioned by local authorities 
  • Legislate for an independent healthcare safety investigations body in the NHS
  • Deliver the new promise to give patients a definitive diagnosis within 28 days by 2020
  • Make clinical outcomes more transparent so that clinicians and frontline staff can learn more easily from the best units and practices
  • Expand the use of personal budgets
  • Require the NHS to continue to reduce infant and maternal deaths, which remain too high. 

Workforce

  • Introduce a new GP contract to help develop wider primary care services
  • Prioritise in Brexit negotiations that staff from EU countries can continue to work in the health and care sectors 
  • Legislate to reform and rationalise the current system of professional regulation of healthcare professions 
  • Reform medical education, including helping universities and local health systems
  • Work closer together to develop the roles and skills needed to serve patients
  • Strengthen the entitlement to flexible working to help those with caring responsibilities for young children or older relatives 
  • Introduce new services for employees to give them the support they need, including quicker access to mental health and musculoskeletal services.
  • Act to reduce bullying rates in the NHS  

Social care

  • Align the future basis for means-testing for domiciliary care with that for residential care 
  • Introduce a single capital floor, set at £100,000. This means people will always retain at least £100,000 of their savings and assets.
  • Extend the current freedom to defer payments for residential care to those receiving care at home, so no-one will have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for care
  • Reduce loneliness and promote technological solutions to prolong independent living, and invest in dementia research 
  • Give workers a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave 

Mental health 

  • Make the UK the leading research and technology economy in the world for mental health 
  • Reform laws to ensure that those with mental illness are treated fairly and employers fulfil their responsibilities effectively 
  • Introduce a Mental Health Bill, putting parity of esteem at the heart of treatment
  • Amend health and safety regulations so that employers provide appropriate first aid training and needs assessment for mental health 
  • Train one million members of the public in basic mental health awareness 
  • Recruit up to 10,000 more mental health professionals 
  • Publish a green paper on young people’s mental health before the end of this year 
  • Reform Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services so that children with serious conditions are seen within an appropriate timeframe and no child has to leave their local area and their family to receive normal treatment

Public health

  • Take action to reduce obesity and support our National Diabetes Prevention Programme. 
  • Promote efforts to reduce unhealthy ingredients and provide clearer food information for consumers 

Devolution

  • The powers of the devolved administrations will increase as we leave the EU
  • Continue to give local government greater control over the money they raise and address concerns about the fairness of current funding distributions
  • For combined authorities that are based around our great cities, we will continue to support the adoption of elected mayors, but we will not support them for the rural counties
  • Move significant numbers of UK Government civil servants and other public servants out of London and the south-east to cities around the UK and that senior posts move too, so that operational headquarters as well as administrative functions are centred not in London but around Britain.


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