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Better healthcare for all

It is reassuring that the main political parties have identified funding and the delivery of care as areas in need of attention, but it's tricky to find any substance behind their promises

1 May 2015

It is clear that both of the main political parties are keen to maximise their offering to the UK's ten million elderly voters, for the obvious reason that they are more likely to vote than those of the middle aged or younger demographic.

However despite the high level of consensus between Labour and the Conservatives in their pledges to older people, there remain significant differences in their respective approaches.

Labour's key pledge is to repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012; legislation which they argue will destroy the NHS by needlessly wasting resources due to compulsory competition laws. The Conservatives have pledged to cap the costs of residential social care from 2016 and to prioritise health care for the elderly.

Labour have stated that repealing the Health and Social Care Act will not involve a disruptive reorganis...

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