1. Would you vote to repeal fully the Health and Social Care Act ?
Yes: The Green Party has repeatedly voiced our opposition to the 2012 act and our policy is to fully repeal it.
Yes: We believe that healthcare should be a public service, not a privatised cash cow for corporate shareholders
(b) an end to contracting out services to private companies ?
Yes: Fragmented, distant services are expensive and cause poor quality care
(c) the return of services into public hands ?
3. Do you agree the NHS market should be scrapped ?
Yes: Healthcare is not a commodity to be bought and sold. The market costs billions which should be spent on front line services.
4. Do you agree NHS funding should be increased by a minimum of 4% per annum and brought into line with other G7 countries ?
We are calling for spending to be increased by around £20bn over the next 5 years but with upfront investment to stabilise the NHS more quickly. £20bn is in line with the NHAP’s 4% per annum over the next 5 years.
5. Will you call for a halt to cuts and closures of hospitals , A+E departments, maternity and other local services until suitable and accessible alternatives are in place ?
Decisions must be evidence-based and democratically supported by local clinicians and local people Yes: local democracy is central to Green policy
6. Will you oppose further PFI deals and agree to renegotiate existing PFIs on the basis of good value for the taxpayer ?
Yes: but we would go further and seek ways to end existing PFI deals.
7. Do you oppose any new charges for patients such as for GP visits and hospital stays ?
Yes: We want to go further and make dentistry and prescriptions free at the point of need.
8. Will you call for an exemption of the NHS from TTIP ?
Yes: we already have, but we want to go further and see TTIP scrapped altogether.
9. Do you support NHS strikers calling for the recommended 1% pay rise for NHS staff ?
Yes: Our politicians in Kent have been on the picket lines with workers
10. Do you agree that prescription charges should be scrapped ?