NHS Confederation response to the manifestos
“The NHS is facing some of the biggest service and financial challenges in its history. If we are to tackle them, local leaders will need to be given the backing to work with their local communities to transform care.
“Manifesto commitments will need to be backed by concrete action from the next Government – rhetoric can never be a substitute for reality when it comes to patient care. I am pleased with the impact the 2015 Challenge Prescription for the Election, which the NHS Confederation and 22 other leading health and care organisations produced, has had. Many of the parties’ proposals back reductions in preventable illness. There has been an increased focus on achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health from the parties.
“There are welcome improvements and commitments signalled by the parties. There are also still a number of issues which are not addressed and which must be priorities for whoever forms the next Government”.
Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, 16 April 2015