National Voices joins forces with partners on key messages for the election

Wed, 25 February 2015

The 2015 Challenge: Our prescription for the election document published by 23 organisations, emphasises the importance of political leadership, alongside health and care leadership, in helping secure change. We welcome the report published and are calling, in collaboration with other organisations, for politicians to work in partnership with the public, patients, clinicians and other local leaders to ensure changes secure the best possible health outcomes and sustainable services, rather than blocking necessary change. 

The document welcomes progress by politicians and national “arms length” bodies, such as NHS England, since the 2015 Challenge Manifesto was launched in September 2014. It also sets out a number of next steps both the political parties and arms length bodies should address over the coming weeks, as local teams respond to the unprecedented pressures on the health and care system.

The document calls for every party’s manifesto to reflect four main issues outlined in the report:

  • Avoid yet another top down, large scale NHS structural reorganisation, and give local areas the stability required to make progress on vital work to reshape care
  • Prioritise reducing preventable illness and maintaining wellbeing
  • Detail concrete plans to make mental health services as accessible as physical health services by the end of the next parliament
  • Commit to adequate funding for health and social care

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Download the report here