16 / 4 / 2015 3pm
The three main political parties in England have announced their manifesto proposals for the NHS. The statements outline their commitments to issues relating to health and care, including workforce, prevention and wellbeing, and primary care.
Key announcements of interest to employers in the NHS include:
- Continue to ensure there are enough doctors, nurses and other staff to meet patients’ needs.
- Consider how best to recognise and reward high performance.
- Hospitals properly staffed, so that the quality of care is the same every day of the week.
- Tackle the disproportionate impact of strikes in essential public services.
- 3 million new apprenticeships.
- Give public sector workers a workplace entitlement to volunteering leave for three days a year on full pay.
- No income tax for those working 30 hours on the minimum wage.
- Increase minimum wage to £6.70 this autumn.
- Recruit 20,000 new nurses, 8,000 new GPs, 3,000 new midwives and 5,000 new care workers by 2020.
- Increase the number of training places, with 10,000 more nurses trained in the next parliament.
- Develop new targeted apprenticeships and improve retention.
- Recommit to the Pay Review Body process, and respect the views of the independent Pay Review Bodies.
- Create an NHS staff champion to improve health and wellbeing.
- No increase to NI.
- Raise minimum wage to more than £8 per hour by 2019.
- Guarantee every school leaver that gets the grades an apprenticeship.
- Right to a regular contract for those who work more than 12 weeks.
- Encourage GPs and other community clinicians to work in disadvantaged areas through the Patient Premium.
- Ensure all frontline public service professionals have training in mental health.
- Introduce mandatory arbitration for strikes likely to cause widespread public disruption.
- Increase the personal tax allowance to a minimum of £12,500.
- Expand shared parental leave with a 'use it or lose it' month for fathers.
- Consider raising the employee NI threshold to income tax threshold.
- Consult on allowing employees on zero-hours contracts to request a fixed contract.
The summary document, published by colleagues in NHS Confederation for their members, contains analysis on what the parties’ proposals mean to the NHS, where progress has been made and where more needs to be done.
The other parties’ policies are available on the NHS Confederation website.