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- Social Care/Mental Health will be brought under the NHS banner.
- Involve doctors (specifically, Consultants) and nurses (specifically, Matrons) significantly in day to day management decisions thus reducing middle-management in the NHS.
- A Cuban Style Health System:
- The entire Cuban health system is based on the model called “The family doctor and nurse”, developed in 1984. This model, whose basic unit is the family nucleus, has a clinical, epidemiological and social approach to health problems.
- Set up at least one polyclinic in every council ward and ensure that it serves no more than a population of 10,000 people and that it collaborates with local GP’s as well as hospitals.
- This new health approach will emphasise prevention, primary care, services in the community, and the active participation of citizens.
- Expand Primary Care Services to 7 days a week.
- Use £10 billion of capital funds to make necessary investments in equipment, hospitals, polyclinics, digitalisation, ambulances etc., to bring them into the 21st century.
- The option to opt out along Dutch lines:
- The Liberal Party will allow an opt-out procedure (for those not wishing to benefit from the NHS) designed not to compromise the integrity of the universal service.
- Would be entitled to a tax rebate.
- Must be over the age of 18.
- Expand the number of doctors and nurses to reduce costs and the apparent understaffing of the NHS through increased medical school places and fast-tracked visa approvals for foreign doctors and nurses wishing to work in Britain.
- Invest £10 billion in mental health (approximately £1 billion annually) over the course of the next decade to expand access to therapies and increase the number of psychiatrists and specialist mental health practitioners. We will make mental health services 24-hour, including placing mental health liaison teams in all hospitals so that those facing a mental health crisis are not put in police cells.
- Abolish all prescription charges.
- Increase pay by at least > 5% for all NHS staff.
- Offer non-essential operations within the NHS:
- This would mean allowing surgeries the NHS would not normally do to be done via the NHS for a payment as an alternative to private hospitals.
- Set up a National Care Service within the NHS umbrella which will provide free personal care in England for people who are assessed as needing support at home (washing, dressing, medication etc.), whatever their age. People will be entitled to get free care if they have earnings, savings or assets of less than £20,000 (personal tax allowance). Those with earnings, savings and assets of between £20,000 and £50,250 have to fund part of their care on a sliding scale, while people with more than £50,250 in terms of earnings, savings and assets will have to fund their own care entirely:
- Financing Social Care will come directly from the treasury and be sent to local government to the tune of approximately between 20bn-25bn annually. The funding will then be distributed accordingly.
- Scrap The Health and Care Act 2022.
- Increase carer’s allowance to £2,500 a year.
- Introduce a statutory guarantee of regular respite breaks for unpaid carers, and require councils to make regular contact with carers to offer support and signpost services.
- Provide a package of carer benefits such as free leisure centre access, free bus travel for young carers, and self-referral to socially prescribed activities and courses.
- Raise the amount people can earn before losing their Carer’s Allowance from £123 to £384 a week (£20,000 pa), and reduce the number of hours care per week required to qualify for.