Where do the parties stand on the NHS?
This week saw the parties further outline their plans for the NHS with announcements coming from Labour as part of their ‘NHS week’. Proposals have come amid fresh concerns over health service funding with the Chief of NHS England suggesting that the projected £8 billion gap in funding will require more urgent servicing than previously thought. Labour have put forward a plan that builds on their commitment to repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act and curtail the involvement of private providers in the health service, aiming to make savings from the removal of costly competition and tendering processes introduced by the act. The Conservatives, on the other hand, have promised an extra £8bn for the NHS but have come under significant criticism for failing to explain where it would come from. This briefing will set out the plans of the two main parties and those of the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP.