32015Mar

The plan for the economy means we can afford a strong NHS

Our NHS is to be valued and protected. The difficult decisions we have taken to deal with Labour’s deficit have allowed us to protect the NHS budget.

We are making the NHS more efficient and effective so people know the NHS will be there for them and their families, offering only the highest standards of care.

• The plan for the economy means we can afford a strong NHS. We have increased the NHS budget by £12.7 billion over this Parliament. We will do the same next Parliament – the budget will rise in real terms, every year. And in the 2014 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced £2 billion of additional funding for front line NHS services every year in England from 2015/16

• This funds new treatments like the £1.16 billion Cancer Drugs Fund. This has already helped more than 60,000 people get the most pioneering, life enhancing medicine available

• The Conservative Party is ensuring that we are hiring thousands more doctors, midwives and nurses to look after patients. There are now more than 9,000 more doctors, 2,000 more midwives and over 7,000 more nurses working in the NHS than when we took over – meaning people can be confident they will be looked after properly

• We are reducing the number of managers – so money goes to the front line where it is needed. There are now more than 6,000 fewer managers in the NHS than under Labour

• We are reducing unnecessary GP targets. We cut a third of GPs’ targets from the Quality Outcomes Framework trusting them to use their professional judgement to do what is best for their patients. In addition the Conservative party is adding proper accountability and improvement to NHS services every year

• The Conservative Party is ensuring that we put patients first by exposing poor care and improving patient safety. Our public inquiry into the Mid Staffs tragedy exposed systemic failings in the NHS. We responded by making the CQC independent, putting in new ratings system and appointed a chief inspector for hospitals, GPs and social care. All 11 hospitals put into Special Measures after the Keogh Review are making progress and five are out of special measures. We are also holding an annual review into improving patient safety, the first of its kind in the world

I am a strong supporter of the NHS and am fully committed to preserving the public service. I back the Conservative party’s work and plans to make the NHS more efficient and effective so people know the NHS will be there for them and their families, offering only the highest standards of care

• By restoring the role of the family doctor we are making sure elderly people get properly looked after. We’re bringing back named GPs for the vulnerable elderly. They can focus on giving them the care they need and preventing unnecessary trips to hospital

• We are respecting patients’ dignity, nearly eradicating mixed sex wards. The number of patients facing the indignity of mixed-sex wards has fallen from 11,802 in November 2010 to 274 in November 2014

• Hospital infections have been halved since 2010 – so people know they are going to cleaner hospitals where they are less likely to get more ill. Both MRSA and C. Difficile are down by more than 50 per cent since the last general election

• We are fixing social care – so people can have the peace of mind that they will get their care they need without having to sell their home in their lifetime. We are capping the cost of care at £72,000, so no one should have to sell their home to fund their care