THERESA May has called a snap General Election for June 8 in a shock Downing Street announcement as she blasted her political rivals for trying to derail Brexit. The Prime Minister has stunned West…
This is all political speak for no one, especially in politics, expects anyone taking over mid-term to go for a public election. This is especially so for the UK, where all we elect is our own, so called, MP.
‘………..Discussion of the forthcoming UK general election is dominated by military language: battle lines have been drawn, salvoes have been fired, skirmishes are underway. So it seems appropriate to suggest that the political arms race over the NHS has now well and truly begun.
The campaign promises on the NHS we’ve heard so far – and doubtless also the promises we’ll hear between now and 7 May – essentially split into two categories. First are commitments about resources, ie pledges to either provide additional funding or make existing budgets go further by cutting perceived waste (NHS managers will be wearily familiar with this terrain). Second are commitments about setting priorities for how the NHS will use those resources, such as extending GP opening hours, speeding up cancer diagnostics, improving access to mental health services, and so on.
The basic purpose of that second set of commitments is essentially to convince the public that the political party making them has the right plan for the NHS. But recent polling suggests only 16% of the public generally trust the political class to tell the truth, whereas 90% of people trust doctors to do likewise. So why do politicians continue to compete over who has the right priorities for the NHS, if the public doesn’t really trust any of them? ………….’
An extract ‘…………………In the field of policy shaping the lives of disabled children generally (not just children with learning disabilities) probably the most important such organisation is the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) Alliance, coordinated by Contact A Family, the Council for Disabled Children, Mencap and the Special Educational Consortium.
Just as the LDA is currently producing a vision of what we want for the future and a commentary on government performance as part of our General Election campaigning, EDCM has just published its ‘manifesto’ Right from the start: What we want from the next government.
This document is nicely produced, based on talking to disabled young people and their families and well referenced – offering research evidence on its powerful messages like: ‘4 in 10 disabled children are living in poverty’, ‘9 in 10 parents are concerned about cuts to local services’ and ‘49% of parents say their health has been affected due to lack of sleep’. ………….’