David Cameron outlined the core themes of the Conservative manifesto in January 2015:the deficit; jobs; tax levels; home ownership; education and retirement. There was no mention of the NHS.
Pledges for the NHS made at the Conservative Party conference in 2014, should they win the 2015 election, included:
- a commitment to training and retaining an extra 5,000 GPs
Access to GPs and medical records:
- seven day access to GPs by 2020
- a named GP for every NHS patient
- extending GP opening times
- a promise that by April 2015 every patient will be able to access their own medical record on-line
- a promise to ringfence the NHS budget during the next parliament and ‘continue to invest more’
- deriving the most value from the NHS budget, cutting waste and spreading innovation from the independent sector.