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General election 2019: A manifesto for health

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Manifesto for health

What needs to change to improve care for patients and the working lives of doctors?

As the only medical organisation that represents all doctors and medical students in the UK, we have drawn on their experiences to find the answers.

In this manifesto for health, we have set out our priorities for the new government:

  • Reform the punitive pension tax system for doctors.
  • Pay doctors fairly and address historic underpayments.
  • Legislate for safe staffing.
  • Increase spending on the NHS by over 4%.
  • Give the public the final say on any Brexit deal.

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'Our manifesto for health is the blueprint from which the NHS can grow and thrive'

In our manifesto for political parties ahead of the 2019 General Election we outlined, using the expertise and experience of doctors, the key solutions to meeting the pivotal challenges facing the NHS. 

Patients and doctors need parliamentarians of all parties to support their concerns and to prioritise the NHS and its workforce. From addressing Brexit-related medicine shortages, to waiting lists, to workforce gaps and the damaging impact of pension taxation policies driving doctors out of the profession, to cuts to public health – our manifesto for health is the blueprint from which the NHS can grow and thrive.

BMA council chair, Chaand Nagpaul


Government manifesto pledges

Take a look at how our BMA manifesto for health priorities match up with the Government manifesto pledges.

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Compare the parties' manifesto pledges

We looked at how the 2019 election manifesto commitments made by the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties compared against each of the calls to action highlighted in the BMA's own manifesto for health.

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