The Conservative Draft Manifesto 2010: Chapter One covers the Conservative plans for the NHS. David Cameron has tried very hard to reassure the public that the NHS will be safe under a Conservative administration. However, their draft manifesto shows that this is simply not the case, and they are quite upfront about their plans for moving much of treatment from NHS suppliers to private suppliers, a de facto privatisation of the service. Over the last couple of weeks I have gone through the "manifesto" point-by-point and analysed the effect of the policies. If you want one reason and one reason only not to vote Conservative it is their policies on the NHS.
The following is a list of the Conservative policies and a link to my blog post on the policy.
A Patient-Centred NHS
"We will unleash an information revolution in the NHS by making detailed data about the performance of trusts, hospitals, GPs, doctors and other staff available to the public online... [we will] enable patients to rate hospitals and doctors according to the quality of their care."
A More Accessible and Accountable NHS
"We will reform the way drug companies are paid for NHS medicines so that any cost-effective treatment can be made available through the NHS with drug providers paid according to the value of their new treatments"
"We will reform NHS Direct and introduce a single number for every kind of urgent care to run in parallel with the emergency number 999. We will give people access to a doctor or nurse when the local family doctor's surgery isn't open, and we will stop the forced closure of A&E wards."
Improving The Nation's Public Health
If you want to see a well funded public National Health Service then the choice is clear, vote Labour at the 2010 general election.