The “duty to provide healthcare” must be restored to the Secretary of State for Health. This duty was removed when the Health and Social Care Act passed, in 2012. The Secretary of State for Health is no longer responsible for providing health care. That responsibility must be restored.
The NHS must remain a unified, national, public service. The “internal market” and private sector involvement must end. This will save money, £8.7 billion in 2012 on private medical services alone.
Adequate funding must be provided. £20 billion in efficiency savings have been taken out health funding from 2012 to 2014.
The total number of staff in the NHS is falling. Thousands of nursing jobs are lost annually. This does not save money. The nurses are replaced by agency staff. Staff recruitment and retention is essential.
A healthier society will help reduce healthcare costs. Air pollution, stress, inequality, poor housing, all add to the national health bill. Tackle social problems at source and the NHS will feel the benefit.
It’s not too late to save the NHS. But only the Green Party are committed to saving the NHS.