Health

We must deliver the NHS promise which the current system is so obviously failing to provide. We need outstanding, integrated health care, with prompt treatment and great outcomes.

The Peoples Party must:
introduce “a right to first class health care, free at the point of use”
abolish waiting lists, the “right” to health care means that excellent care must be offered when it is medically required, not in the distant future, when an appointment happens to be available
as part of the radical reform of taxation, establish a Health Tax to properly fund care, 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, putting it on a sustainable basis with the focus being on delivery of health rather than the treatment of sickness
expand and develop preventative care services and dramatically improve proactive health screening
establish partnerships with firms such as drug companies to incentivise preventive treatments and AI technologies
introduce incentives including deductions from the Health Tax for healthy lifestyles
tackle the scourge of obesity by cross subsidising healthy foods and by the active promotion of sport and exercise
learn from the best healthcare systems, increase survival rates so NHS outcomes are the best in the world
increase health care funding by at least 10% and establish competitive, non-profit health management organisations (HMOs) to improve the accountability, efficiency, delivery and performance of health services. Providing transparency and choice are key to better services
tackle regional disparities, removing the postcode lottery of care
establish specialist hospitals to efficiently treat those conditions for which significant demand exists
establish surgical hubs for elective operations, making use of the most efficient and effective techniques
ensure the highest quality treatments, cost control and value for money through a legally empowered audit function
ensure the NHS covers the full cost of all treatments, including prescriptions, dental and eye care.
dentistry must be accessible to all, with a priority on children’s dental hygiene
allow people to deduct the costs of private health insurance or treatment from their Health Tax
ensure a professional working culture for all healthcare staff; training, retaining and recruiting staff to ensure proper staffing levels are maintained
ensure an “open” learning culture, limit the scope of medical negligence claims
give every hospital and treatment centre responsibility for managing its affairs, staffing levels and use of resources
use innovative technology to transform care, ranging from virtual consultations to remote assistance in operations
increase the number of hospital beds/number of doctors and apply lessons from the best practices of the most successful health systems
ensure comprehensive follow up care for patients once they have been discharged from hospital, with them receiving the contact details of the consultant responsible for their care
fund all social care and establish a proper career path for carers. Carers must be valued and rewarded for the challenging role they perform
embrace ways of improving the quality of life for those unable to care for themselves, including creating retirement campuses and villages
tackle the scourge of loneliness, among other initiatives using technology to assist those living alone
increase the focus on mental health care, and provide increased support for those suffering from and caring for dementia
address issues such as worthlessness by giving people focus through helping in schools, sport and community projects such as men’s sheds
give British citizens worldwide medical cover under the NHS
properly fund GPs, establish continuity of care with people routinely seeing the same doctor, require GP surgeries to open at weekends and provide 24/7 cover
preserve existing and create a new network of cottage hospitals
legalise assisted dying “dying with dignity” and create a new profession to help individuals take responsibility for “end of life issues” and to make decisions about their own death
establish that male and female sexes are decided at birth
encourage paying foreign nationals to seek medical care in the UK

The NHS is simply not good enough. Seven million people plus waiting for treatment is completely unacceptable and a national disgrace. Fundamental change is required to deliver the healthcare promise that people hold so dear.

On average women spend 20 years living with ill-health, men 15. This is a dreadful figure. Not only does this outcome blight lives, managing ill-health is very expensive and is a significant drain on national productivity.

We must do all we can to dramatically improve health, giving people longer lives without significant health issues. In changing the NHS to the National Health Scheme, the focus must be on a plan to fundamentally improve long term health, rather than a focus on sickness. In no scenario should we have to “save” the NHS, the NHS should exist to save us.

The solutions are numerous and varied, ranging from much earlier diagnosis and treatment before problems get established, to incentivising healthy lifestyles and exercise, to giving opportunity and hope so that people can live their best life.

Obesity must be tackled head on. Being fat is bad, in ignoring the issue we are sleepwalking into a national disaster.  Inducements to help people take “ownership” of their bodies, to eat better, drink responsibly, to take exercise and not to smoke must be central to government policy.

Health provision must be properly funded and comprehensively reformed to ensure that people have access to world class care throughout their lives. Waiting lists, postcode rationing, unresponsive services, the denial of drugs and treatment on cost grounds are unacceptable.

The continuing neglect of social care is a disgrace. The system must be transformed for those requiring and delivering care. Carers must be paid fairly for their vital work, with care homes fully funded. Hospital beds and treatment must not be blocked by those waiting for social care.