The Conservatives are in
After one of the most talked-about elections in years, the Conservatives and David Cameron have come out on top. But what does this mean for the Health and Social care market?
With the Conservatives now in power, we can expect to see a few changes to how things work in the Health and Social care sectors - but this doesn't mean it’s all bad news!
"One of the first things they've promised is to increase spending on the NHS by at least £8 billion over the next 5 years"
One of the first things they've promised is to increase spending on the NHS by at least £8 billion over the next 5 years. This increased funding will hopefully mean shorter waiting times, better quality care and an overall improved patient experience. They also plan to increase the amount of funding for mental health services across the country and make sure that pregnant women have better access to mental health support, both during and post-pregnancy.
They are going to continue to integrate the health and social care systems, joining up services between homes, clinics and hospitals. This will make better and more targeted healthcare to a wider range of people who need it.
Not only are they promising £8bn in funding increases to hospitals and care homes, they also want to make it so that everyone has access to a GP from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week by 2020 and they’re also aiming to get an extra 5,000 GP’s trained by this time too.
But experts are predicting that these boosts in funding may come at the expense of ‘unprotected’ departments, including social care and defence - which could mean big cuts across those industries.
So what do you think is going to happen next? Do you think they'll keep their promises? Should someone else have won?