General Election Lowdown – Health Care

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What is each party saying about the Health Care system?

Here’s a breakdown of each of the main points from the manifestoes.

Conservatives

The conservatives have proposed a £13 billion ‘health infrastructure plan’ to build 40 new hospitals in England. They want to make sure that the NHS has the resources it needs to provide everyone with the best possible care.

They have said that the NHS budget will go up by £33.9 billion by 2023-24, the biggest boost in its history. They are also promising a fast track NHS Visa, which would make it easier for overseas doctors to work in the UK.

The party has said that they are providing £850 million for 20 hospital upgrades and £2.7 billion for the first six new hospitals. 78 hospital trusts will receive state of the art MRI, CT and mammography screening machines so that cancer can be selected quicker in order to boost survival rates.

They have also said they are opening five new medical schools to make sure they can plan for the future and train the next generation of NHS staff at home.

The Conservatives want to leave so we can spend 2020 giving people better healthcare.

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Labour

Labour has said that they would create a new national care service for social care, at a cost of £6 billion. They have also stated that they would scrap prescription charges and develop a state drug company in order to develop cheaper drugs.

They are looking to increase GP trainee numbers in England by 50%, and double how much they intended to invest in their 2017 manifesto.

Labour would borrow £400 billion over a ten-year period, this broken-down would be £55 billion a year, up from £25 billion. £150 billion of that would be spent on hospitals, care homes, and council houses.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have said they would increase income tax by 1p to spend directly on the NHS and social care. They would also bring mental health waiting times into line with physical conditions and reduce the cost of social care for the elderly.

They have said they would invest £11 billion into mental health services such as child and adolescent mental health, matching waiting time standards to those in physical health. They also proposed to expand the mental health workforce as a whole.

The Lib Dems would make prescriptions for people with chronic mental health conditions available for free on the NHS and have also proposed a ‘remain bonus’ of £50 billion, to be spent over five years.

It’s completely up to you the way that you vote, this election affects everyone’s future, and your vote counts. Come back for more on the General Election including how each party is dealing with transport, the education system and more.

 


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