National Association for Patient Participation

UK General Election what next

30 June 2017

Together we worked very hard during the election to make the voice of general practice heard and to make sure that all politicians could not ignore the dire need to invest in general practice.

Our manifestos, published very quickly after the election was announced in all four nations of the UK, garnered significant media and political attention and made clear our expectations of the new Government. 

With your help nearly 2,000 letters were sent to Parliamentary candidates asking them to support the College’s manifesto – and many candidates got in touch to show their support.

And many of you used the resources we produced to help you get involved in our campaign, such as our ‘questions for canvassers’ poster which hundreds of you downloaded and used to press candidates in your own election battlegrounds.

We managed to make a real impact on the campaign. A number of our manifesto asks were reflected in the manifestos of the major parties. For example, the Conservative Party crucially pledged to bring forward a sustainable long-term solution to the problem of rising costs of medical indemnity for GPs. They have also now committed to guaranteeing the rights of EU healthcare workers currently working in the UK

Other parties including Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, Sinn Féin, Welsh Labour, UKIP and the Green Party also included a pledge to guarantee the rights of EU healthcare workers.

With the election returning a minority Government, we now have every opportunity to keep campaigning to make sure the Government does not renege on its pledges to you. We will continue to campaign for the RCGP’s manifesto to be delivered and for MPs from every party to support general practice in Parliament.

Together you’ve already sent over 500 letters to MPs asking them to support general practice while representing you in Westminster. We will be writing to the Secretary of State to remind him of the importance of general practice and the problems threatening its sustainability. Other health spokespeople across the Commons and every backbench MP to will hear from us about why they should continue to support and push for the measures in our manifesto.

And in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we’re continuing to push for increased investment in general practice.


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