London’s NHS - A Set of Campaign Principles for London Labour
Protect NHS founding values
We will campaign for the repeal of the Health & Social Care Act and reaffirm that NHS will be free at the point of use, for all, based on need and not the ability to pay
1. We will repeal the Health & Social Care Act 2012
Prevent postcode lotteries
We will campaign for regional decision-making powers on health and care to deliver quality services regardless of where you live, and an NHS that meets the needs of patients through good local services with centres of excellent specialist care, coordinated, to serve London’s needs.
1. We will establish an accountable pan-London structure to lead the NHS, determining the configuration of services, allocating resources and monitoring performance
2. We will ensure that reducing health inequalities across London are at the centre of decision making
3. We will deliver a health and care service based on a single, integrated plan with tiers of provision to ensure quality of care alongside accessibility, with centres of excellence of specialist care, underpinned by a structure of local hospital and improved primary care.
Guard against longer waits
We will campaign for better standards of care and maintain the NHS as the provider of choice.
1. We will campaign for fair funding for health and care in order for it to meet the changing needs of our city.
2. We will ensure that when decisions are made on service configuration, patient’s needs and clinical outcomes are put before the needs of the market.
3. We will deliver services that are appropriately staffed and supported to deliver good care patients and their families can expect.
Promote collaboration over competition
We will campaign for the integration of public-health, the NHS and care to ensure patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place by the right person, without artificial barriers put in their way.
1. We will reduce demand on health services through integrating and delivering on public health, keeping communities healthier and more able for longer.
2. We will ease the pressure on the NHS through integrating Health and social care, by keeping acute patients fitter and more able.
3. We will make the patient and their family’s interaction with the NHS seamless and remove the artificial barriers that prevent them accessing the services they need.
4. We will give families one named contact for the co-ordination of all health and care needs.
Put patients before profits
We will campaign for an NHS that values collaboration over competition and which delivers care according to the needs of patients, and not the market.
1. We will ensure that NHS provider strategies value collaboration between specialisms and services, rather than competition and tariff chasing.
2. The NHS will be the preferred provider of care. In the event that it makes operational sense for third party providers to be engaged, this decision will sit with the NHS
3. We will bring to an end the perverse disincentives of the internal market within the NHS that put financial structures ahead of patient care.