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Sunday 17 December 2017
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Pre-election party promises

The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems have all outlined plans for the NHS

The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems have all outlined plans for the NHS.

The main three parties say they will back Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View and have broadly outlined how they will fund it.

Secretary of state Jeremy Hunt said the Conservatives would “give whatever” the NHS needed – “it might be more than £8 billion, it might be less,” in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s World at One.

The Conservatives have stated they will focus on creating a strong economy to protect the NHS and will clamp down on health tourism.

The Tories will also focus on increasing patient access to GPs, seven days a week by 2020 and making provision for weekends and eight till eight appointments.

Labour announced that it will repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, competition in the NHS and integrate health and social care, and their manifesto has now been released.

The party has committed to an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS from mansion tax.

The Lib Dems have also stated in their pre-manifesto that money used from a mansion tax will continue to help fund the NHS.

The Lib Dems plan on putting in £1 billion a year until 2018, with £3.5 billion dedicated to improving mental health services – a key area of the party’s proposals.

All three parties have made promises to continue to help cancer patients.

Labour wants to start a new Cancer Treatments Fund to improve access to drugs, surgery and radiotherapy. The Conservatives will reboot the current cancer drugs fund and the Lib Dems will fund research in this area.

Labour announced that it will repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, competition in the NHS and integrate health and social care.

The party has committed to an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS from mansion tax.

The Lib Dems have also stated in their pre-manifesto that money used from a mansion tax will continue to help fund the NHS.

The Lib Dems plan on putting in £1 billion a year until 2018, with £3.5 billion dedicated to improving mental health services – a key area of the party’s proposals.