Clinical priorities: what are the manifestos promising?
Pulse stress-tests all the election manifestos
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Will ‘rectify the injustice’ for those with mental health problems by recruiting 10,000 more mental health professionals and ensuring medical staff have a ‘deeper understanding of mental health’. Patients will get a definitive cancer diagnosis within 28 days by 2020.
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Will set up a new £250m Children’s Health Fund and publish a new childhood obesity strategy within the first 100 days. Mental health budgets will be ringfenced and NICE will be asked to evaluate how best to expand access to psychological therapies.
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Waiting times guarantee of under six weeks for talking therapies, and two weeks for a young person after an episode of psychosis. Tackle childhood obesity through mandatory sugar targets for food and drink producers. Minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
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Planning the development of big elective care centres, doing hips and cataracts on an industrial scale. Mental health strategy specifies more investment in child and adolescent mental health services.
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More funding for sexual health awareness campaigns. Will bring mental health care in line with physical health care, with mental health awareness training within the public sector and ‘more open dialogue on the issue in wider society’.
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A target to save 10,000 lives over 10 years, through a range of public health actions.
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Plans to 'put mental health well-being on the same foot as physical healthcare' – by increasing funding and introducing 6,000 new clinical psychologists. The party will also cut mental health appointment waiting times from referral to the first appointment – reducing it from 18 weeks to 28 days.
Pulse reality check
Lots of laudable goals here, but without the cash or the staff, it is not clear quite how the advances in mental health advocated by all parties can be made. The emphasis on tackling childhood obesity through legislation in the Labour and Lib Dem manifestos is encouraging.
This is part of a series of articles where Pulse reality checks all the manifesto promises from the main parties and their significance for GPs. Click here for all our Election 2017 coverage.