If I am re-elected, I will:
- Demand an NHS Urgent Care Centre at Wycombe Hospital
- Continue to champion patients’ interests in Parliament and in Wycombe
- Ask Buckinghamshire County Council to explore buying out Labour’s expensive privately-financed hospitals across the county
- Campaign to increase local power over local NHS services
- Support commissioners to bring top-quality care closer to home
Nationally, Conservatives have pledged that we will:
- Continue to increase spending on the NHS, supported by a strong economy, so the NHS stays free for you to use
- Spend at least an additional £8 billion by 2020 over and above inflation to fund and support the NHS’s own action plan for the next five years
- Ensure you can see a GP and receive the hospital care you need, 7 days a week by 2020, with a guarantee that everyone over 75 will get a same-day appointment if they need one
- Integrate health and social care, through our Better Care Fund
- Lead the world in fighting cancer and finding a cure for dementia
The NHS is vitally important to all of us. Founded on the principle that no one should ever have to worry about their ability to pay for their healthcare, it is a profound expression of our values as a nation.
We protected the NHS budget. Our doctors and nurses are now doing over a million more operations each year than in 2010. Our Cancer Drugs Fund has given more than 60,000 people access to life-saving drugs. We have doubled funding for dementia research. Hospital infections have halved. An independent think tank, the Commonwealth Fund, has found that under the Conservatives the NHS has become the best healthcare system of any major country. And patients are reporting the highest levels of satisfaction for years. The NHS is performing well in the face of increasing demand, with fewer patients waiting longer than the 18, 26 and 52 week targets than in May 2010. We have slashed the number of people who wait over a year for the treatment they need, from over 18,000 to under 500.
We are set to increase health spending by more than £7 billion above and beyond inflation in the five years since 2010. And we will continue spend more on the NHS, in real terms, every year.
You can read more about our plans for health in the Conservative manifesto.