General election manifestos – what is the Green Party saying about health and social care?

The Green Party launched its manifesto If Not Now, When? on 19 November. It has a section on Restoring the NHS, including:

  • increasing funding for the NHS by at least £6 billion per year each year, until 2030 (a 4.5% increase on the 2018/2019 NHS Budget); 
  • repealing the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and abolishing the internal market; 
  • creating Health Boards which will enable local authorities to lead a ‘bottom up’ process where services are planned and provided without contracts (these could cover more than one local authority area where there is local support; 
  • giving stronger powers to Health and Wellbeing Boards to represent the interest of the public in the NHS; 
  • focusing funding (the amount is not specified) on the construction of new community health centres, bringing health services closer to people’s homes; 
  • putting mental health on the same footing as mental health, ensuring people can access evidence-based mental health therapies within 28 days; 
  • funding is also focused on reproductive health including free access to birth control and increased access to PrEP to combat HIV. 

The section on Tackling discrimination includes: 

  • improved care for pregnancy and maternity, giving access to the care of a single midwife through prenatal care, birth and the first month of post-natal care 
  • Increased funding for areas of the NHS heavily relied on by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, including trans healthcare, gender identity clinics, HIV treatment and mental health provision

Credit

Bren McGowan- Healthwatch Workplace, Nov 2019 

Senior Policy Advisor at Healthwatch England 

@HealthwatchE  

bren.mcgowan@healthwatch.co.uk 

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