Time to vote for rehab - general election finally called

Now that we finally know that the UK general election will be on 4 July, Rob Yeldham, CSP director of strategy, policy and engagement, outlines the CSP's three crucial asks of the next government

by Rob Yeldham

Polling Station in UK General Election

Our three asks for the next government are:

  • Transform rehabilitation to improve quality of life for patients, reduce pressure on the most costly parts of health and social care and help address the growing numbers of people unable to work.
  • Address workforce shortages. We can’t transform rehab without an expanded profession from apprentices through to consultants.
  • Fair pay. Without fair pay and more flexible working the NHS will struggle to attract and retain people.

Although manifestos have not yet been issued, we have some idea of where the main parties stand.

The Conservatives want comprehensive screening for lung cancer, more doctors, dentists and nurses, a new “Pharmacy First” service and a revised Major Conditions Strategy.

While Labour wants enhanced community services, including physiotherapy, seven-day services to bring down waiting times and better access to physiotherapy for NHS staff. They have also said they will spend more on the NHS by ending tax loopholes.

We will comment on party manifestos, including smaller parties, via our election blogs.

What the government elected on 4 July does will impact on members across the UK

Although health and education are devolved, the funding decisions made by the UK Treasury directly affect how much is available for services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It will not be easy for whoever forms the next government. Rehab, workforce and pay are not going to be fixed immediately. The cost of living, the environment and economy all need to be addressed urgently.

Areas where CSP member work, including universities and defense, also face big challenges. The CSP, members and partners will need to keep campaigning after the election. We will explain our plans to influence the government in the July issue of Frontline.

It isn’t the CSP’s role to advise you how to vote, but please use your vote if you have one.

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