BBC Health and Care Pre-Election Policy Navigator (BBC News)

Summary

BBC News has produced a Policy Guide mapping tool, summarising the positions of the respective main political parties on various health and care related themes, both nationally and regionally.

“This issue includes NHS funding, GP access and social care, particularly of older people”.

A broad range of other policy areas are covered.

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Policy guide: Health and care. London: BBC News, April 1st 2015.

Possibly also of interest:

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Election 2015: Parties row over GP out-of-hours cover. London: BBC Health News, April 7th 2015.

NHS Funding

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said a future Conservative government would give the NHS in England whatever amount is needed to fill the predicted £8 billion funding gap.

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Election 2015: Tories would give NHS ‘whatever’ it needs. London: BBC Health News, April 7th 2015.

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Pym, H. (2015). The £8bn NHS political row. London: BBC Health News, April 12th 2015.

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Pym, H. (2015). Labour and that £2.5 billion for the NHS. London: BBC Health News, April 21st 2015.

Are politicians living in a parallel universe concerning NHS funding deficits?

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Dreaper, J. [and] Triggle, N. (2015). NHS finance problem being ignored, says former boss. London: BBC Health News, April 16th 2015.

The NHS needs concerted support to achieve radical changes implicit in the Five Year Forward View:

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Pym, H. (2015). The Nicholson challenge: A tough message for the politicians. London: BBC Health News, April 16th 2015.

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Pym, H. (2015). The NHS – reality returns after polling day. London: BBC Health News, May 1st 2015.

Unpaid Carers’ Perspectives: the Unmet Needs of Family Carers

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Triggle, N. (2015). More older carers ‘risking health’. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2015.

The Carers UK’s “Carers Manifesto” provides information for general election candidates:

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Carers Manifesto. London: Carers UK, September 2014 [January 2015].

GP Workload: BMA GPs Opinion Poll

A BMA poll of UK GPs indicates that 90% believe a heavy workload has had a negative impact on the quality of care. Better funding and more time with patients are needed to improve services according to this survey:

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Triggle, N. (2015). GP workload harming care, BMA poll suggests. London: BBC Health News, April 9th 2015.

A BMA survey indicates that one-third of GP are considering retirement in the next five years. The promises of politicians could be empty in the face of a workforce crisis.

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Triggle, N. (2015). GP services face ‘retirement crisis’. London: BBC Health News, April 15th 2015.

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British Medical Association (2015). National survey of GPs: the future of General Practice 2015. Extract of Findings; December – February 2015. A report by ICM on behalf of the BMA. London: British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee, April 2nd 2015.

There is also an Executive (Infographic) Summary.

Recent BBC News analysis:

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Triggle, N. (2015). Reality Check: Have GP services got worse?. London: BBC Health News, April 7th 2015.

Nurse Staffing Levels

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Next government should take ‘immediate action’ to boost nurse numbers. London: BBC Health News, April 12th 2015.

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Election 2015: Fewer nurses forecast for NHS – Labour. London: BBC Health News, April 19th 2015.

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Workforce plan for England: proposed education and training commissions for 2015/16. London: Health Education England (HEE), February 27th 2015.

Nursing shortages could be preventing access to training, according to an RCN survey.

The following King’s Fund document covers trends and projections regarding the NHS workforce in three areas:

  1. Mental health.
  2. General practice.
  3. Community nursing.

It makes recommendations for improving workforce planning.

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Addicott, R. Maguire, D. Honeyman, H. [and] Jabbal, J. (2015). Workforce planning in the NHS. London: King’s Fund, April 29th 2015.

Analysis of staffing issues from BBC News:

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Triggle, N. (2015). How many staff does the NHS need? London: BBC Health News, May 1st 2015.

Underlying Consensus?

Underlying consensus between parties appears to offer the NHS stability:

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Triggle, N. (2015). Spot the difference. London: BBC Health News, April 23rd 2015.

Privatisation by Stealth?

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Miliband warns of ‘stealth privatisation’ of NHS. London: BBC Health News, April 25th 2015.

The General Infection: Public Health Guidance on Infection Prevention (Surrealist Humour)

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Patterson, J. (2015). Election fever: public health advice. London [Online]: NHSNetworks, April 17th 2015.

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