We have not yet published our manifesto for 2017. We would like to make the following statement which restates the principles of the party. Our original policies and manifesto which were published in 2015 were based on these principles. Our 2017 manifesto will also have these principles at its heart.
We believe a political party is needed to defend the NHS and its values. The NHS is more than just a structure for the delivery of healthcare. It is also a social institution that reflects national solidarity, expresses the values of equity and universalism, and institutionalises the duty of government to care for all in society. The NHS marks out a space in society where the dictates of commerce and the market should be held in check. We are fighting now to ensure that it is patients not profits that are the driving force behind our NHS. We hope you will join us.
- The NHS should be a safe, comprehensive, publicly funded, publicly delivered, and publicly accountable integrated healthcare system, committed to continuous improvement for all of its patients and participants. This has been shown to be the fairest and most cost-efficient way to deliver healthcare.
- The creation of a private market within the NHS which siphons off public resources for private profit has hugely increased costs and bureaucracy within the NHS and has reduced services to patients.
- The NHS is our shared commitment to a fair society not a personal insurance policy to be haggled over or “topped up” by out-of-pocket excess charges.
Our Wider Vision
A Fair Society:
We are committed to reject the soaring inequality created by 30 years of privatisation and corporation-led economic policies; to cracking down on tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations and the wealthiest in our society; and to putting the British government back at the service of the British people on issues such as housing, employment and an efficient and compassionate welfare state.
A Democratic Society:
To defend and extend representation of the people at local, national and European level to ensure that decisions are made in our interests, not in the interests of party politics, private profit or foreign investors.
If you would like to read about the immediate issues that we feel need to be addressed in the NHS please click here to read our submission to the Lords' Committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS.