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UK general election 2015

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The British public will decide the next UK government on 7 May in the 2015 general election. Unsurprisingly, healthcare and the NHS feature heavily in political party campaigns and manifestos. Here you can find our coverage of the elections, with a special focus on healthcare and pharmacy.

Conservative government urged to support new models of care in NHSSubscription

The Conservative party will not have to negotiate their plans for the future of the NHS, following a shock win in the UK general election.

NHS finances and staffing are typically prominent in UK general election campaigns, but there is a distinct lack of vision around the NHS’s workforce challenges and the impact that pharmacists can make. In the image, the houses of Parliament

Election manifestos miss the point about NHS staff capacitySubscription

NHS finances and staffing are typically prominent in UK general election campaigns, but there is a distinct lack of vision around the NHS’s workforce challenges and the impact that pharmacists can make.

Commitments to give the NHS more money may not be enough for the largest political parties to keep their promises. In the image, David Cameron (Conservative), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats) and Ed Miliband (Labour)

Can political parties keep their promises on the NHS?Subscription

Health organisations analyse the pre-election pledges of parties, and try to make sense of detail-light manifestos.

The BPSA’s policies for the political partiesSubscription

The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA), as part of its commitment to represent its 14,500 undergraduate and pre-registration trainee members, wrote to the major political parties contesting the general election to advocate a number of policies voted for by members at the annual conferences over the past three years. These policies reflect our members’ opinions on the future education of undergraduates; issues affecting international students; evidence-based medicine; ...

English Pharmacy Board vice-chair Sandra Gidley

How the 2015 UK general election will affect pharmacySubscription

As the UK heads to the polls on 7 May facing an uncertain political landscape, former Liberal Democrat MP and English Pharmacy Board vice-chair Sandra Gidley looks at how pharmacy may be affected.

As the May 2015 UK General Election approaches, party campaigns have swung into motion, manifestos launched, party lines drawn and political rhetoric ramped up. In the image, the houses of Parliament

General election promises should be based on evidenceSubscription

When it comes to developing policy, politicians should heed the best available evidence. Election promises should be no different.

The Pharmaceutical Journal approached the three main political parties to find out their views on health-related policy matters

UK political parties discuss healthcare and pharmacy issues ahead of general electionSubscription

Ahead of the UK public going to the polls on 7 May in the 2015 general election, the three largest political parties in Westminster respond to questions on the big issues in healthcare and pharmacy.

Political parties set out plans for NHS in manifestosSubscription

The UK’s political parties have outlined their plans for the NHS in their election manifestos, with a focus on investment and access to care.

Calling all politicos!Subscription

Are you running for election to Parliament in May 2015? Are you a local councillor? Perhaps you sit on a health and well-being board? Have you previously held such a post, or are you actively seeking one?


Pharmacy is striding forwards

Sandra Gidley reports on the discussions she led at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference.


Flying the flag for pharmacy

Aileen Bryson, policy and practice lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland, highlighted the services provided by pharmacists at the Labour Party Conference

Sibby Buckle at the Conservative Party conference fringe session

How do the Conservatives view pharmacy?

Sibby Buckle shares her thoughts from the Conservative Party conference

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