Public services such as education and the NHS have been badly let down by the two-party system. Labour and Conservative governments have produced wild swings in expenditure with periods of unsustainable spending followed by periods of austerity.
- The NHS, free at the point of need, must remain the bedrock of healthcare in our country. We reject suggestions that it is not sustainable long-term.
- The share of national income spent on the NHS over future parliamentary terms shall be increased.
- Funding for mental health services shall be increased as a share of overall NHS spending over future parliamentary terms for so long as the growing incidence of mental illness justifies this.
- A National Care Service (NCS) shall be established to organise social care and fund it once a recipient has reached an agreed ceiling for their own financial contributions.
- A detailed NHS/NCS planning scheme with identifiable funding shall be published in the SDP manifesto for the general election in 2022.
- National Insurance ID Cards will be issued to all citizens to help ensure that health services are provided for those who are entitled to them.