Ahead of the next UK General Election, The British Medical Association (BMA) has recently launched its manifesto – ‘Standing up for Doctors, Standing Up for Health’. This manifesto calls on political parties to acknowledge the value of the NHS and to commit to the long-term sustainability of the service.
The recent economic downturn has forced the NHS into tighter budget constraints at a time when the demand for it’s services is soaring. Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council at the BMA, argues that “even during a time of financial stringency, continued investment in the NHS is vital”, and he warns that “a slash and burn response to the need for savings would be dangerous and short-sighted, risking long-term damage to the infrastructure of the health service.”
The BMA’s manifesto also attacks the private sector involvement in the NHS and argues that efficiency savings could be made if the NHS was ‘…restored as a publicly provided service’. However, supporters of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) that public sector involvement in the NHS can only improve the quality of services provided.
To view a Youtube video of the manifesto, please click here.