Three key principles set us apart from the main parties:
Firstly, our clear and unambiguous position on the NHS (saving it; reinstating; de-commercialising it).
Secondly, we are calling for a new politics – promoting the idea of independent MPs and a parliament that is responsive to the people – not to party whips and the cynical calculations of career politicians.
Thirdly, in addition to the NHS, we stand as a public health party with a wider concern for a healthy society. Not just the pursuit of economic growth as the basis for all social policy.
These are our founding values which will drive future policy-making
As we are a new party, we will not initially be providing detailed policy proposals on issues crossing the entire political spectrum. Our initial focus will be on healthcare, where we have most expertise.
Specifically for the NHS, we will work to:
- Base health and social care on fair ethical principles and due process and governance
- De-commercialise the health system, with co-operation not markets.
- Abolish the hugely expensive purchaser/provider split and wasteful competition.
- Increase the patients’ and citizens’ participation in the organisation and provision of healthcare
- Reduce the influence of the costly management consultancy industry
- Improve the integration of community and hospital care within the NHS, as well as between the NHS and social care
- Promote innovative public health approaches to health improvement
- Reform the current unfair, overly complex and unsustainable social care system and to promote a fair, effective and efficient health and social care programme integrated with sound public health and just economic policies