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Election watch: What are the main parties promising on health?

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 03 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1223
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

With the general election only weeks away, the UK’s major political parties are setting out their stalls ahead of their upcoming manifesto launches. Gareth Iacobucci looks at the health pronouncements so far


On 1 June the Conservative Party promised to provide more treatment in the community if it won the election by building 100 new general practices in England. The party also pledged to expand the Pharmacy First scheme—launched by the NHS in January—to increase the number of treatments pharmacies can provide without people needing to see a GP first. Pharmacies would be able to offer contraceptive patches and injections, and also treatments for conditions such as acne and chest infections, to help free up GP appointments. In an interview with BBC’s Sunday with Laura …

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