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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 means a fair economy, an end to austerity and a parliament that works for people not politicians.
The NHS isn't unsustainable or unaffordable. It's under-funded. We spend the least of all G7 nations on health.

We need a strong NHS for a strong economy.  The NHS is not a "drag" on the economy. Investing in healthcare stimulates economic growth and keeps the workforce healthy,  while austerity increases the need for health services.

As one doctor recently said : "The NHS is like an elastic band. You can only stretch it so far and it will snap" (Dr Phil Hammond)

This is what David Cameron's NHS looks like: longer A&E waits, more routine operations cancelled, more cancer targets missed, more rationing of operations, more social care cuts, fewer doctors and nurses per head, worse mental health provision, thousands of hospital beds axes, scores of A&E departments, maternity units, walk-in centres and ambulance stations closed down.

Tory claims that they've protected and increased NHS funding are pure spin. In real terms, once you take into account inflation, our increasing and ageing population, the cost of new drugs, and lifestyle factors,  the Tories have actually cut NHS funding. Plus there are massive knock-on effects of savage social care cuts on the NHS.

The Tories tell us they've increased doctors and nurses but there’s actually been a fall in real terms when you take into account the population increase.

This government is wasting billions of pounds of your money which could and should be spent on patient care:  £3bn on a damaging top-down reorganisation that no one wanted or voted for, at least £4.5bn running the NHS as market , £2.5bn/year on locums because it both fired staff to cut costs and has failed to train enough doctors and nurses,  over £1.5bn on redunancy payouts, tens of millions on management consultatants and spin doctors, £2bn/yr on PFI repayments.

To subject the NHS to even greater efficiency savings for another five years will push the NHS over the edge.

Our parents and grandparents built the NHS. Now it's our turn to fight to keep it.

The way a society delivers its healthcare reflects the values and nature of that society and the people who live in it. The way our political leaders are behaving, fawning to the nasty voices in our society, is moving us towards a society based on fear and self-interest. We don't believe the majority of people want this sort of society. They want a society based on fairness, equality of opportunity and compassion.

A vote for the NHA Party is a vote to stop hospital closures,  reverse cuts. halt  privatisation, protect patients. It's a vote against austerity and a vote for a healthy and fair society.

The National Health Action Party is about more than just the NHS. It's about the health of the nation in its widest sense from health and housing to education and the economy.

Cameron says he loves the NHS & would never harm it. Maybe he even believes it. But his actions are causing immense damage to the NHS.

The prospect of a hung Parliament could put MPs who are independent of the main parties in a very powerful position whoever forms the next government. Even just a couple of NHA MPs could make a huge difference, standing up for our NHS and standing up for you.

Where is the evidence that privatisation saves money or improves care? There isn't any.

Privatisation ​waste billions of pounds because it relies on a market which means money is wasted on bureacucracy and legal costs rather than being spent on patient care. Private companies obviously put profit ​ahead of patients, they're less acountable, ​they poach staff trained by the NHS ​and cherry-pick the most profitable services leaving NHS with the costly complex ones.  Privatisation also means fragmented care and undermines collaboration which has led to important medical advances.

Tory attack 

Five more years of the Tories will mean more NHS privatisation,  longer waiting lists,  longer A&E trolley waits, more cancer targets missed, more rationing of operations, more social care cuts, worse mental health provision.

This government is constantly scapegoating fat people or smokers or drinkers (or immigrants without whom the NHS would collapse)  - they're just trying to divert  attention away from the real reasons for the problems which are created by this government -  flatline funding, damaging and wasteful NHS reforms and cuts to social care.

This is what David Cameron's NHS looks like: longer A&E waits, more routine operations cancelled, more cancer targets missed, more rationing of operations, more social care cuts, fewer doctors and nurses per head, worse mental health provision, thousands of hospital beds axes, scores of A&E departments, maternity units, walk-in centres and ambulance stations closed down.

Tory claims they've protected and increased NHS funding are pure spin. In real terms, once you take into account inflation, our increasing and ageing population, the cost of new drugs, and lifestyle factors,  the Tories have actually cut NHS funding. Plus there are massive knock-on effects of savage social care cuts on the NHS.

The A&E crisis is down to government policy. Patients are stuck in A&E because they can't be admitted as hospital beds have been axed; they can't be discharged  as social care has been savagely cut; and they can't be treated as they're aren't enough doctors and nurses.

Government cuts to social care mean elderly people are stuck in hospital beds and operations for sick people have to be cancelled.

Why does this government waste billions chaotically and pointlessly reorganising the NHS but ignores the sensible ways to improve patient care and save money?

This government has brought emergency services, general practice and mental health to breaking point, and has missed cancer targets for the whole of 2014.

This government has turned the NHS from a non-issue in the 2010 general election to the number-one issue at this election.

Austerity is a recipe for widening wealth and health inequality and is leading to the fracturing of our society. We must fight to reverse this destructive trend which disproportionately punishes the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.

To subject the NHS to even greater efficiency savings for another five years will push the NHS over the edge.

Cameron says he loves the NHS & would never harm it. Maybe he even believes it. But his actions are causing immense damage to the NHS.

If you vote Tory in 2015 you will be voting for the end of the NHS.

Even if you normally vote Tory, don’t do it – unless you want to say goodbye to the NHS.

This govt is infesting our NHS with lawyers, bankers and accountants.

This govt’s NHS policies are eroding trust and prioritising profit.

 

NHS Funding 

The NHS isn't unsustainable or unaffordable. It's under-funded. We spend the least of G7 nations on health.

We need a strong NHS for a strong economy.  The NHS is not a "drag" on the economy. It stimulates economic growth by keeping us healthy & employing 1.4m people; while austerity increases the need for health services.

"The NHS is like an elastic band. You can only stretch it so far and it will snap" (Dr Phil Hammond)

This government is treading water on funding while the NHS drowns. Funding the NHS is not dependent on achieving a successful economy, Mr Cameron, it is a prerequisite.

Even a pledge of an extra £8bn of NHS funding ignores a lethal programme of £22bn cuts.

The main parties are deluded to rely on £22bn of NHS 'efficiency savings'.  They will push the NHS over cliff-edge. These savings are not achievable following £20bn of savings already made and because NHS productivity is actually falling due to the ballooning cost of temporary staff.

The big factor pushing up NHS costs is not rising demand but ballooning spending on temporary staff. Hospital admissions rose by 1.9% a year between 2010/11 and 2013/14 compared with an annual rate of increase of 2.8% between 2008/09 and 2009//10. In 2013/14 the number of temporary staff increased by 16% and spending on temporary staff rose by 27%.

David Cameron says, "When we have enough money, we'll be able to pay for the NHS." We can pay now for tax cuts for the rich. We can pay now for a £50 billion railway nobody wants. We can pay now for an 11% pay increase for Members of Parliament. But if you're waiting for a hip replacement or a cancer screening it's... "when we have enough money".

The Tories bleat that a successful economy means they'll be able to fund the NHS properly. We say that, without a properly funded NHS, we can't have a successful economy.

If you really want a successful economy, don't spend less on the NHS – spend more. Every pound spent on health pumps four into the local and national economy.

Most of the money for the NHS goes into the wages of the people who work in it – and a huge chunk of that goes straight back to the Exchequer to be spent again – unlike a privatised system that siphons profits off to offshore tax havens.

The Tory Party says tax cuts to the rich will stimulate the economy but all the evidence shows the opposite. Give five pounds to a poor woman and she'll buy dinner for her family in her local high street; give £5 million to a rich man and he'll stick it in a tax haven. Give poor children proper healthcare and they will grow up to be taxpayers; give rich children huge trust funds and they'll probably have enough lawyers around to ensure never pay tax again.

 

Privatisation 

Privatisation ​waste billions of pounds because it relies on the creation of a competitive market for the buying and selling of health services, resulting in huge administrative and legal costs.  Money ends up in the pockets of lawyers​ and accountants, ​not to mention ​shareholders, rather than being spent on patient care. Privatisation puts the profit motive ​ahead of patients so when 60% of healthcare costs are on staff salaries, the only way to make money is to cut staff, leading to worse care. Private companies are less acountable, ​they poach staff trained by the NHS ​and cherry-pick the most profitable services leaving NHS with the costly complex ones.  Privatisation also means fragmented care and undermines collaboration which has led to important medical advances.

Markets are fine for fruit and veg. Not for healthcare.

Even if you have private insurance, you need the NHS if you become chronically ill or need emergency or intensive care.

Private insurance won't help you if have a chronic illness or need emergency or intensive care.

Doctors don’t want to be businessmen. They want to treat patients.

Where is the evidence that privatisation saves money or improves care?

The effects of the Health & Social Care Act are only starting to kick in but the direction of travel is clear.  A third of NHS contracts that have been tendered so far have already gone to the private sector and private healthcare companies have admitted they are expecting to see an upturn in business as the NHS continues to see its budget squeezed and are optimistic Tories will speed up expansion of private sector role in NHS. The private sector only wants to take on some areas of NHS work. They will never want all or indeed most of the contracts as most NHS work is not profitable. They cherrypick the profitable contracts leaving the NHS with the costly complex work.

Insurance companies only want low risk clients and will compete to attract the young and healthy. If you have a pre-existing health problem, you'll be forced to pay high premiums to get cover.

Did you know the cost of a heart bypass in the UK is $14,117; in US it costs $73,420?

Big private corporations are circling the NHS to make a profit. Caring for patients is irrelevant to them.

There is no economic, logical, or clinical reason for market-based changes to the NHS. It is ideologically driven. Austerity is used as cover.

Over the past 20 years the NHS has been covertly privatised with the collusion of the 3 main political parties.

For every hospital built under PFI the public could have had 3 built and fully-staffed with traditional public procurement.

Marketisation has increased administrative costs from 5% to 14% of the NHS budget. And we are heading to 30% if we continue with US-style privatisation.

NHS destruction plan: restrict NHS funding, erode services and trust, claim only option is selling off to private sector.

 

Join the NHS Fightback 

Unless you take a stand, there won't be an NHS to pass on to the next generation.

Join the NHS fightback.

Our parents and grandparents built the NHS. Now it's our turn to fight to keep it.

Your NHS needs you to fight for it before it's too late!

Our NHS is being stolen from under our noses.

The ballot box is the ultimate weapon for ordinary people. They must use the ballot box to punish the government and send a strong message to all parties that they've had enough of our NHS being run down and sold off.

 

Vote NHA 

The National Health Action Party is about more than just the NHS. It's about the health of the nation in its widest sense from health and housing to education and the economy.

A vote for the NHA Party is a vote to stop hospital closures,  reverse cuts, halt  privatisation, protect patients. It's a vote against austerity and a vote for a healthy and fair society.

Health is the top election issue. Vote for the party that puts health top.

Voters should use the ballot box to send a clear message - stop running down and selling off our NHS.

Vote not just for the NHS but for the sort of society you want to live in.

We're the only party that knows how to fix the NHS.
We're the only party you can trust to do the job.
The NHS has always been there to fix us when we're ill. Now it needs us to restore it to health.

Vote for the NHS. Vote NHA.

Make sure the voice of the NHS is heard. Vote NHA.

Love the NHS but don't love Labour? Vote NHA

Use your vote to stop the demolition of our NHS.

Imagine if a couple of NHA MPs were elected and could hold the balance of power in 2015.

The prospect of a hung Parliament could put MPs who are independent of the main parties in a very powerful position whoever forms the next government. Even just a couple of NHA MPs could make a huge difference, standing up for our NHS and standing up for you.

Polls shows the NHS is now the top election issue. Without your health you have nothing. Make it your number 1 election issue.

A  New Vision for the NHS. A New Vision for Britain. Vote NHA

Vote NHA for a healthy society and a healthy future.

Vote NHA to stop hospital closures,  reverse cuts. halt  privatisation, protect patients.

The way a society delivers its healthcare reflects the values and nature of that society and the people who live in it. The way our political leaders are behaving, fawning to the nasty voices in our society, is moving us towards a society based on fear and self-interest. We don't believe the majority of people want this sort of society. They want a society based on fairness, equality of opportunity and compassion.

 

 

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