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Soundbites and slogans

Key soundbites (try and include in interviews and hustings) We're the only party that will fund and fix the NHS. We're fighting for a healthy NHS that puts patients before profits. We're fighting for a properly funded NHS that helps you and your family when you're at your most vulnerable.  We're  fighting for a healthy Britain and healthy society‎. That …

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Reducing health inequity

There is incontrovertible evidence (e.g. Marmot report, Fair Society, Healthy Lives) that health inequity arises from social inequalities. To reduce such inequalities requires action across all determinants. Targeting the most disadvantaged alone will not improve health sufficiently. To reduce the social gradient in health, actions must be universal and with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the level …

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Welfare benefits

With the collusion or encouragement of this government, sick and disabled people have become the target of a campaign of vilification in the press. As with unemployment benefits, welfare benefits have been presented as people getting something for nothing. Assaults against disabled people have increased as a result. The reality is that, while the majority of welfare benefit recipients are …

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Care staff

In a survey, John Kennedy of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation noted that 78% of frontline care staff earn an average of just £6.45 an hour: “The care home sector employs hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers, mainly women,” he said. “Care workers are the lowest-paid, lowest-status workforce in the economy.” Good care workers do a vital, socially valuable and skilled …

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Care homes

  The privatisation that threatens the NHS has been a reality in the care industry – for an industry is what it has become – since the 1980s. Since the 1980s the provision of care in people’s homes or in residential care and nursing homes has become a for profit industry. The private and other non-public sectors currently own or …

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Free personal social care and integration with health

All three main parties say they want to integrate health and social care. While the idea of better integration of health and social care has its merits, there cannot be any real integration of health and social care unless the conundrum of free health care but means tested social care is resolved. The only practical and humane way for this …

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The Current Care Crisis

This government's Austerity policies have led to local authority spending cuts of 15% in real terms since 2010, with social care suffering cuts of 26% or £3.5 billion. This is at a time when the need for social care services has only grown. The most vulnerable in our society – children, the elderly, disabled people, those with learning disabilities – have …

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SOCIAL CARE

The core founding principle of the NHS is that it should provide health care irrespective of ability to pay, from the cradle to the grave. This principle has been eroded by the gradual redefinition of much health care as social care which is then means tested and charged for. It is important that older or disabled people who need care …

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PUBLIC HEALTH

Public health is about society making an organised effort to improve health and prevent disease. Good public health policy makes a great contribution to the overall quality of our lives and affects almost every other area of policy making. Many policies to improve health must be implemented at society, not individual, level and responsibility cannot be wholly dumped only on …

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Clinical trial data

At present researchers can limit the data from trials that it makes available to be peer reviewed. When the pharmaceutical industry does the research, they may have conflicts of interest reporting results which may negatively affect their sales. We support Publication of all data from all clinical trials. The AllTrials campaign which is designed to put pressure on all Governments, …

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