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Labour pledges personalised care revolution


Personalised healthcare tailored to the needs of individual patients is a centrepiece of Labour’s general election manifesto.

The manifesto confirms earlier pledges to give patients legally binding rights to receive treatment within maximum waiting times.

People suspected of having cancer will get their results within one week, while those needing treatment will start it within 18 weeks or will have the right to go private, with the costs met by the NHS.

All cancer patients will receive dedicated one-to-one nursing and more therapies like chemotherapy will be available in the home instead of in hospital.

Labour also plans to work with charities such as Marie Curie Cancer Care to give cancer patients end of life care in their own homes if they wish.

All people aged 40 and over will get free annual “health MOTs” with their GP, according to the manifesto.

It also sets out commitments to more personal care, with the right in law to choose from any provider who meets NHS standards of quality at NHS costs.

More GP surgeries will be open from 8am to 8pm and there will be extra health services on the high street.

The shift to providing care in the community could save the NHS millions of pounds a year - seen as necessary due to the ageing population and people living longer with diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

The manifesto said more treatments such as kidney dialysis will be carried out in the community, while enhanced services - such as scans and X-rays - will be available from GPs.

The expansion in the role of pharmacists in providing NHS care will continue and patients will have the right to all drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, regardless of where they live.

Patients with long term conditions such as diabetes will be given more control over their healthcare budgets.

However, those patients who fail to turn up for appointments will forfeit their right to fast-track care.

The manifesto also reaffirms Labour’s plans for the NHS to make up to £20bn of efficiency savings over the next four years and for 10 per cent of a hospital’s income to be linked to patient satisfaction.

There is also a role for the private sector in the NHS, as is currently the case, with firms invited to bid for contracts where they can “bring innovation” or increase capacity to speed up treatments.

All hospitals will become foundation trusts - a supposed marker of excellence in the NHS - with more freedoms on how they spend their money.

A total of 8,000 new therapists will provide psychological therapies to those who need it in a bid to “change society’s attitudes to mental illness”.

Other commitments already announced include the right to choose where to give birth and more single rooms for parents if their child is in hospital.


Readers' comments (12)

  • How much will the Party manifestos contribute to global warming? All that hot air .........

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  • Personal care plans are all well and good i do agree with them , but where do we get the nurses from to do these home treatments? We are already struggling at times have enough staff on the ward to give adequde (excellent) care.

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  • I thought we did all this? What do they mean the right to give birth where you choose? I thought this was done? Obviously not, they are just coming out with stuff they said before.

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  • Very impressive promises but how exactly do they plan to achieve this? If they are increasing services but cutting funding, the only way I can see is to reduce wages or staff numbers. Neither of which will lead to a better service for anyone.

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  • Phil Dup

    Yet another load of meaningless waffle and dated buzzwords from the Party that has turned Great Britain Plc into a gutless, money grubbing, politically correct land fit only for Spongers, Crims and Blame 'n' Claim Lawyers.
    So where do all the extra Nursing Staff come from to physically undertake this 'personalised' care - we are already so overstretched that we cant care as we would like so how are we going to do even more.
    My blood boils when I read such bland meaningless platitudes from our sleazy expense account leeching Politicians.
    Roll on the Revolution...

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  • Martin Gray

    Yes, Labour has shot itself in the foot yet again, so much so that it is now regurgitating already broken promises!!

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  • 'Extra provision' - From all the home-care companies and private insurers that have been lobbying government for years to take care out of the NHS acute hospital sector - and making a cluster out of it at. The nu-labour health minister didn't dream up this stuff themselves.

    Thing is it's all gonna cost a lot of money. How about we concentrate on getting through the next 5 years with the projected cuts without promising anything new?

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  • "All cancer patients will receive dedicated one-to-one nursing"


    I worked in a Chemo ward/ unit for 3 years and the staff attrition (i.e. the good staff) rate was horrendous. We hardly had enough staff to cover the unit never mind give 1 to 1 care.

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  • Gordon. Please just go. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous | 13-Apr-2010 10:13 pm, Well said that man.

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