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Green Party pledges to increase general practice funding by 80%

Exclusive A Green Party Government would increase spending on general practice by 80%, a party spokesperson has revealed.

Larry Sanders, the Green Party’s health spokesperson, has told Pulse that the party plans to put £20bn back into the NHS, while also pledging to raise the percentage of the NHS budget spent on general practice from 7% to 11% - increasing the total amount spent on GPs by 80%.

When asked where the extra funding would come from, Mr Sanders said ‘there is no problem with the money’, with 'fair taxation' being the ‘obvious source’.

He said: ‘We know that there’s tens of billions of pounds that have not been collected. Successive governments have cut the staffing for collecting the money so they don’t even really want to get it.

‘We can have a more progressive taxation system and we could spend the same amount as comparable countries in Europe in percentage of GDP and we would have that £20bn.’

Mr Sanders also discussed the Green Party’s pledge to repeal the Health and Social Care Act, replacing GP-led CCGs with district health authorities.

He said: ‘We don’t think it’s necessary that they would be running the services as a clinical commissioning groups have done. My observation is that very few GPs really like that and very few do it very well.'

But he said that it 'goes without saying' GPs should'have a 'deep voice' in the work that they do.

He added that although previous governments have ‘messed up’ when it comes to ensuring that there's a sustainable workforce for the future, ‘that’s not an excuse for not putting it back [the way it should be]'.

He said: ‘It is the view of the Green Party that general practice is the hub, the core of a good health service.’

Mr Sanders also echoed Labour’s recent pledge to halt sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) that call for hospital closures. 

He said the Green Party is ‘very angry’ about the plans, which he described as ‘criminal’.

He said: ‘It is our view that the current funding, the funding that is planned and the STPs to make those cuts, will kill or cause enormous pain to large numbers of people. We think that they are not just bad politics, they are criminal.’

Image credit: Kaihsu Tai

What are political parties promising on the NHS?

Green Party: Is pledging an 80% increase in funding for general practice. Full manifesto expected next week.

Conservative Party: Has pledged no extra funding beyond the extra £8bn already promised to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View. Full manifesto outstanding. Expected to continue focus on patients gaining access to GP appointments 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

Labour Party: £37bn extra additional NHS funding in the next Parliament, funded by tax rises on those on highest incomes. Draft manifesto, leaked last week, pledged funding boost to general practice and this was confirmed in the final version published this week. The party has also pledged to scrap the 1% cap on NHS staff pay rises.

Liberal Democrats: £6bn extra a year to the NHS, funded by a 1% increase to all income tax, to be geared towards high-impact areas including general practice. Wants to abandon the Government's seven-day GP agenda.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • It's not an increase it's just restoring the previous level of funding.

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  • Wehey! Shame they'll be crushed by the Tories this June

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  • Vinci Ho

    I know people would say these pledges are not deliverable. But this is a game of election, one would rather to have oppositions saying things completely different. Whether that really put pressure on the ruling government is debatable. At least , these oppositions are pledging with the arguments we ourselves are defending last few years.
    Unless you are die hard Tory fan , the theme , to me , remains 'anything but Tories(including blanks)'.....

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  • ‘there is no problem with the money’ - The Green party clearly believes money GROWS ON TREES.

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  • Dr David Barrett

    Did I misread that 8% or 80%....

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  • Only Labour and Conservative promises actually have any hope of actually being in a position where they can be tested. The other parties can promise anything they like since they are at no risk of having to deliver them. And as the Labour party have returned to the plan of squeezing till the pips squeak, they are unlikely to get in and even if they did, they would then see that they would face a failing economy due to their policies. We need a sensible opposition party but it looks like we will be getting 5 more years of what we already have but worse. The only light at the end of the tunnel would seem to be that Mr Hunt will be no longer Health Secretary - please let it be Sarah Wollaston, though I doubt it will be.

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  • They could promise to increase by 100000000000000000000 % . It matters not.

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  • Vinci Ho

    From Analects:
    Requisites in government:-- a conversation with Tsze-kung子貢(famous student of Confucius孔子):
    1. Tsze-kung asked about government. Confucius said, "The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler."

    2. Tsze-kung said, "If it cannot be helped, and one of these must be dispensed with, which of the three should be foregone first?" "The military equipment," said Confucius .

    3. Tsze-kung again asked, "If it cannot be helped, and one of the remaining two must be dispensed with, which of them should be foregone?" Confuscius answered, "Part with the food. People died naturally in history but if the people have no faith in their rulers, there is no standing for the state."

    Simply , one cannot stand if people do not trust and believe but in modern politics, I suppose it is about who you trust less......

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