The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance General Election 2015 Manifesto

MSK conditions represent an area where many of the biggest wins lie for both health and social care. Their cost, impact, prevalence and degree of co-morbidity makes these conditions an important “entry point” for effectively tackling wider priorities, particularly in public health. They also provide an opportunity for achieving effective person-centred care coordinated care for people with long-term conditions. These conditions represent some of the biggest “wins” for health and social care As the UK population ages and the number of people living with multiple long-term conditions grow, the burden of MSK conditions is set to increase. The last six years alone have seen an increase of nearly 300% in hip and knee replacements, for instance. Yet MSK conditions remain chronically under-prioritised in the NHS. Download the full manifesto document.

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Key Principles

Underpinning the specific interventions which can deliver these “wins” are several key principles, which we call on all political parties to explicitly commit themselves to ahead of the General Election: Health is a human right

  • The NHS to remain at all times free at the point of need, delivering high-quality and coordinated, patient-centred care for all, in line with the NHS Constitution.
  • The progressive reduction of health inequalities and social isolation

  Invest in integrated, patient-centred care

  • Provide real-terms increase in funding for the NHS: Health and social care need sufficient resourcing to be able to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, and to deliver genuinely integrated, patient-centred care. Current levels of resourcing are inadequate and the funding gap in the NHS in particular will not be filled via “efficiency savings” alone.
  • The full integration of health and social care as a longer-term objective.

 

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Signatories

Lord Hunt of King’s Heath Baroness Masham of Ilton Alison Seabeck MP Linda Riordan MP Andrew Gwynne MP Sir Peter Bottomley MP David Gauke MP Kate Green MP Angela Smith MP Jim Fitzpatrick MP Nic Dakin MP Cathy Jamieson MP Andrew George MP Graham Stringer MP Anne MacGuire MP Gemma Doyle MP Huw Irranca-Davies MP Debby Abrahams MP Sir Tony Cunningham MP Hazel Blears MP Liz Kendall MP Sir Alan Beith MP Annette Brooke MP David Rutley MP Andrew Percy MP David Davies MP Pauline Latham MP Jacob Rees Mogg MP Eleanor Laing MP Meg Munn MP Martin Vickers MP Mike Thornton MP Luciana Berger MP Helen Goodman MP Barbara Keeley MP Steve McCabe MP Stephen Timms MP John Pugh MP Jane Clayton, Durham South West Sharon Kilty Carl J. Kristiansen Wendy Ransom Louise Hoy, Conservative, South Bedfordshire Lisa Tollins, Labour, Edinburgh, Pentlands Kay Williams, Labour, Kirklees Keith Hulin, Labour, Hodge Hill Julia Kirk, Middlesex

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