2017 General Election: Health and social care commitments in party manifestos
Ahead of the general election on 8 June, the Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have this week published their manifestos, outlining their commitments and spending plans for the next parliament. In doing so, each of the parties has set out its own unique vision for the UK in terms of domestic policy, a future relationship with the European Union and our role on the global stage. Whichever party triumphs at the polls, Brexit guarantees that the next government will oversee the most significant chapter of the UK’s recent history.
Ahead of the election, we published Investing in success, in which we set out the seven priority issues that politicians will need to address during the next parliament. We are pleased to note that a large proportion of the issues we raised – from funding for health and social care, to the need to better support the NHS workforce to putting mental health on a fair footing – have been correspondingly identified as priorities and addressed at some level by all three of the parties.
While many of the health and social care commitments within the manifestos are encouraging, and all commit to making additional investment in the NHS and social care in their own right, none of the parties commit sufficient funding to close the growing gap between available resources and demand. Regardless of which party forms the next government, politicians across the political spectrum will need to lead an honest and realistic debate on the long term sustainability of health and social care in the next parliament.
Our briefing provides details of the health and social care commitments made by the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in their manifestos, setting out NHS Providers view on each party’s package of pledges respectively.