NHS - What the People Want; are the Parties Listening? Wednesday 29 April 2015 PDF Print Manchester, 29th April 2015 – With the election less than two weeks away the debates are heating up and the parties are becoming more frenetic with their promises and allegations of other parties’ failings. Through this haze of noise, the NHS has emerged as one of the most hotly debated topics. • All of the main political parties plan to increase funding for the NHS by a minimum of £8 billion, above inflation. • All but two of the main political parties have neglected to state how they will raise the extra funds for the NHS in their election manifestos. • Removing middle management and de-politicising the NHS are two of the most cited motivations for improvements discovered in the GoToJobBoard survey. Fears of further privatisation and the cutting of essential public services have been the main points of concern, so it stands to reason that each party has focussed on the NHS as one of their main campaign drivers. With the NHS a priority for many, GoToJobBoard, a Non-Medical, Non-Clinical job board (GoToJobBoard.com), carried out a survey to assess general opinion on the NHS and to reach out to the main parties for comment. The survey covered areas such as funding, quality of care, staffing and privatisation. The results were then put to all of the major parties for comment. Results from the survey found that funding was one of the main points of contention and many took the opportunity to explain how the NHS could be streamlined and improved. Removing middle-management was the most cited reason for improving the NHS alongside there being too few support staff to support doctors and nurses. A respondent observed that “the entire structure of the NHS needs to be changed as you do not have doctors available when needed”. This led to another commenting that “a true evaluation of the value of non-clinical staff roles needs to be carried out to identify the potential they could provide to support and drive up quality of care”. In order to do this, it was suggested that long-lasting plans would need to be put in place that every government would have to follow, regardless of their own plans. “De-politicising the whole organisation and setting a future pathway that all elected governments have to abide by, will help to remove the pendulum swing of party political interference.” Of the parties that responded to GoToJobBoard, most were aware of the need for more NHS staff. Each party plans to increase the NHS budget to a minimum of £8 billion above inflation by the end of the next government. All, that is, except Plaid Cymru who seem to have neglected to put in place whole UK plans for the eventuality of becoming the elected government. Raising this kind of capital seems to raise more eyebrows than it answers questions, especially with the current measures of austerity. Only two parties have made clear plans for how they would raise the funds: Labour suggesting a mix of the mansion tax, a tobacco levy and tightening regulations around tax evasion, whereas the Green Party plan to introduce taxes on tobacco and alcohol. All other parties have not declared a plan for raising the needed budget; the Conservatives plan of ‘streamlining’ the NHS being shaky at best with its previous disastrous ‘streamlining’ exercises. If funding is successful, it would be primarily put to further staffing. Numbers of new staff vary wildly from 8,000 right up to 10,000 for doctors and somewhere between 6,900 and 20,000 more nurses. When the last government have only managed to bring in 10,000 more doctors and 7,000 more nurses in the last term, these new figures seem somewhat unobtainable. However, there is still no mention of the much needed support staff who would take the strain of bureaucracy from the doctors and nurses. It seems that under the new government, any newly hired doctors and nurses will be hired into become no more than glorified pen-pushers. It seems that all the parties have merged into a central conglomerate with no more sustainable plans to maintain the NHS than are currently in place. It remains to be seen whether the new government elect will listen to the people and those at the front line and save our NHS. -Ends- For more information contact: Mark Cherry firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 214 7991 GoToJobBoard is a job board for Non-Medical Non-Clinical roles in the NHS across the country. The company posts these jobs and offers resources to support candidates on progressing their career and offering genuine insight into what the role will entail. For more information please visit GoToJobBoard.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of GoToJobBoard in the following categories: Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.