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Is Theresa May’s snap election a chance to reset the NHS?

Posted on 26/04/2017 by Rob Muddiman

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May recently stated “We need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin”.

No doubt the election will be dominated by Brexit, but it appears imperative that it triggers a national conversation about the future of the NHS. With GP closures at a record high and sector leaders adamant that social care is in crisis, there’s no time like the present to reevaluate exactly what the government is contributing. With a higher and rising demand for care, falling funding from care commissioners, greater inspection and increasingly dire staff shortages, it was reported recently by the Care Group that 900 adult social care workers a day left their job in England last year.

With the above in mind, and the current situation seemingly unsustainable, the General Election awards all politicians the golden opportunity to seize the day and lay out their future plans.

The expectations of the new incoming government to solve the GP crisis will be higher than ever when the country elects the next government on 8th June. Tensions are high and many are questioning, with the most valuable resource for the NHS being its staff, why would the government scrap NHS bursaries in England and replace them with tuition fees and loans from August 2017?

We look forward to learning of the opposition’s manifestos with particular reference to the Health and Social Care space. The next 6 weeks give the public an unparalleled opportunity to make an informed choice about the future of the NHS.