Policy and politics
Conservatives pledge to develop new Innovative Medicines Fund
The Conservative Party would extend the Cancer Drugs Fund into an Innovative Medicines Fund, “so that doctors can use the most advanced, life-saving treatments for conditions such as cancer or autoimmune disease”, according to its 2019 general election manifesto.
It also pledges to “double research funding into dementia”.
As part of the ‘Interim NHS People Plan’, which is currently being developed, the Conservative Party says it will provide an extra 6,000 primary care professionals, including “physiotherapists and pharmacists”.
The manifesto promises to introduce “new technology and mobile screening services” as well as the use of “frontline technology to improve patients’ experience [and] provide flexible working for clinicians”. The party also says it would hold an annual health technology summit.
Mental health, the manifesto says, would be treated with the same urgency as physical health and patients with mental health conditions would “have greater control over their treatment and receive the dignity and respect they deserve”.
The party says it will uphold its “commitment to extend healthy life expectancy by five years by 2035”. It also pledges to extend social prescribing and “expand the new National Academy for Social Prescribing”, which was launched on 23 October 2019.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20207394
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