Questions for 2017 General Election candidates (see full leaflet below)
We urge voters to ask local candidates and canvassers where they stand on key NHS issues.
Are they opposed to privatising more NHS services? Will they abolish the internal market? What will they do about existing privatisations and the Private Finance Initiative schemes which are bankrupting hospitals
What will they do about cuts to NHS services, including GP surgeries, hospitals and training bursaries for student nurses and allied health workers?
Will they restore the 4% real terms average annual increase in the NHS budget which operated till 2011? What do they think about tax increases specifically to support the NHS and social care?
Will they repeal the key parts of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which attempted to enforce a competitive market for healthcare? What is their attitude to the STPs? Do they support the NHS reinstatement Bill?
Will they ensure the NHS is protected from private takeover under any new international trade agreements and that NHS staff from the EU are safe?