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Election 2019 manifestos lay out pledges for health and the NHS

Rural improvements are highlighted

November 26th 2019

Tagged: political news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The main political parties have set out their manifestos and policy for the NHS and health:


  • 6,000 more doctors in general practice and 6,000 more primary care professionals, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists
  • 50 million extra general practice appointments a year
  • 50,000 more nurses
  • Training bursaries for nurses of between £5,000-£8,000 a year
  • NHS Visa


  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act
  • End the requirement on health authority competitive tendering
  • Introduce a Future Generations Well-being Act, with greater emphasis on public health
  • Progress clinically appropriate prescription of medical cannabis
  • Abolish prescription charges in England

Liberal Democrats:

  • End the GP shortfall by 2025
  • Training bursaries for specialties with workforce shortages
  • Patient Premium workforce incentive payments in remote rural areas
  • £7 billion a year additional revenue ring-fenced for NHS and social care services, in particular mental health and prevention services
  • £10 billion capital expenditure on equipment, hospitals, community, ambulance and mental health services
  • Progressive Health and Care Tax to fund a collective budget
  • Cross-party health and social care convention to fund integrated health and social care
  • Free prescriptions for people with chronic mental health conditions
  • Statutory independent budget monitoring body for health and care
  • Single place-based budgets for health and social care and more collaborative commissioning

Green Party:

  • £6 billion per year extra investment for the NHS, until 2030
  • Nursing bursaries reinstated
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and abolishing the internal market
  • Drug development in contraception and greater availability of preventative care in HIV
  • Greater focus on drug misuse.

Plaid Cymru:

  • Improved rural healthcare services (Accident and Emergency, and maternity services within one hour’s reach of rural and peripheral communities
  • Reform of NHS planning guidance to avoid penalising rural hospitals
  • An extra 1,000 doctors, 5,000 nurses, and 100 dentists for the Welsh NHS
  • Greater focus on drugs misuse, public health, cancer and mental health


Scottish National Party health policy:

  • Spending on primary care services to 11 per cent of the frontline NHS budget
  • GP recruitment incentives in hard-to-fill locations (target of +800 over the next decade)




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