BMA launches A Vote For Health

By agency reporter
May 2, 2017

To put the crisis facing the NHS centre stage during the general election, the British Medical Association has produced a manifesto,  A Vote for Health, saying "We call on politicians of all parties not to duck this crisis any longer, and instead to outline credible and sustainable plans to safeguard the future of the NHS."

  • Vote For Health contains five demands for politicians of all persuasions. The demands are;
  • Brexit - act now to provide certainty to NHS staff from EU countries
  • Public health - tackle ongoing crisis
  • NHS funding - match or exceed leading European economies
  • General practice - deliver on commitment to stabilise
  • NHS pressures - address the pressures with immediate investment

BMA council chair Mark Porter said it was vital the 2017 general election did not become a ‘Brexit election’ – at a time when the NHS needs the consideration and will of politicians more than ever.

Dr Porter said, "Our NHS is at breaking point and it would be all too easy for this election to become the“Brexit election” and little else, at precisely the time when the health service needs the unrelenting focus of politicians from all parties. Health is always one of the most important issues for the people of this country and politicians ignore it at their peril."

"Despite having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, years of under-investment in the face of rising patient demand means the NHS is now failing too many patients, too often. Our hospitals and GP surgeries are full, social care is on its knees, with staff working under impossible conditions. This election is being fought against the backdrop of one of the worst winters on record for the NHS, with doctors reporting funding cuts and concerns over patient care and safety."

"Whoever leads the next Government must ensure that NHS funding keeps pace with other European nations, that EU doctors in the UK are protected from the impact of Brexit, that general practice is properly supported, that policies protect and enhance the public’s health, and that the pressures impacting the day-to-day delivering of high-quality, safe care are tackled."

‘We call on politicians of all parties not to duck this crisis any longer, or use the NHS as a political football, and instead to outline credible plans that will deliver the fully funded and supported NHS that staff want and patients deserve."

* Read more about Vote For Health here

* The BMA is a professional association and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students in the UK.



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