Health

We must deliver the first class integrated health care which the current system fails to provide. The NHS must be properly funded and reformed to ensure that people have access to the best possible care throughout their lives. Waiting lists, postcode rationing, the denial of drugs on cost grounds are simply unacceptable. The neglect of social care is a disgrace, the system must be transformed for those requiring and delivering care.

Health is not just about treating people when they get sick, it is about preventing sickness in the first place. This principally involves encouraging people to act responsibly and take “ownership” of their bodies; to eat better, to take exercise and not to smoke. It also requires a comprehensive health screening to diagnose and treat medical problems in their early stages.

The Peoples Party will:

  • introduce “a right to first class health care, free at the point of use” 
  • abolish waiting lists, the “right” to health care means it care must be offered when it is medically required
  • as part of radical reform of taxation establish a Health Tax to properly fund care, putting it on a sustainable basis by formally linking the cost of care with the level of the tax
  • change the NHS from the National Health Service to the National Health Scheme, with the focus being on delivery of health rather than the treatment of sickness – moving from “reactive” to “anticipatory” care
  • increase health care funding by at least 25% and establish competitive, non profit health management organisations (HMOs) to improve the accountability, delivery and performance of health services. Providing transparency and choice are key to better services
  • increase survival rates so NHS outcomes are the best in the world
  • tackle regional disparities, removing the postcode lottery of care
  • establish surgical hubs for elective operations
  • ensure the highest quality treatments, cost control and the value for money through a legally empowered audit function
  • establish specialist hospitals to treat those conditions for which significant demand exists
  • the NHS will cover the full cost of all treatments, including prescriptions, dental and eye care
  • allow people to deduct the costs of private health insurance or treatment from their Health Tax
  • ensure a professional working environment for all healthcare staff, retaining and recruiting staff to deal with staff shortages
  • give every hospital and treatment centre responsibility for managing its own affairs, staffing levels and use of resources
  • use technology to transform care, ranging from virtual consultations to remote assistance in operations
  • increase the number of hospital beds/number of doctors to reflect best practice in the most successful health systems
  • ensure comprehensive follow up care for patients once they have been discharged from hospital
  • fund all social care, embrace ways of improving the quality of life for those not able to care for themselves, including the creation of retirement campuses and villages. Carers must be valued and rewarded for the challenging role they perform.
  • increase focus on mental health care, and provided increased support for those suffering from and caring for dementia
  • limit the scope of medical negligence claims
  • give British citizens for worldwide medical cover under the NHS
  • improve access to GPs, require GP surgeries to open at weekends and provide 24/7 cover
  • preserve existing and create a new network of cottage hospitals
  • expand and develop preventative care services and dramatically improve health screening
  • establish partnerships with private sector firms such as drug companies to incentivise preventive treatments
  • introduce incentives including deductions from Health Tax for healthy life styles
  • help tackle obesity by subsidising high protein foods such as meat alternatives, alongside fresh fruit and vegetables
  • ban genital mutilation of children
  • establish that male and female sexes are decided at birth
  • legalise assisted dying and establish a new profession to help individuals take responsibility for “end of life issues” and to make decisions about their own death
  • encourage paying foreign nationals to seek medical care in the UK