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What do the 3 main parties offer for Health and Education

Date: 1st May 2015

Posted on: 01-05-2015

This week the RCSLT published an article identifying the key points each of the 3 main parties have promised in their Manifesto’s in this years General Election. These areas identified are Education and Health. Here’s an overview of what they will have to offer:

On education, the Conservatives’ manifesto recognises the work undertaken by the coalition on SEND, in which RCSLT was fully engaged along with other partners, stating:

· We have made improving support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities a priority. It does not pledge further action in this area. On health, the Conservatives recognise the contribution of the whole health workforce, pledging:

· We will continue to ensure that we have enough doctors, nurses and other staff to meet patients’ needs, and consider how best to recognise and reward high performance.

It does not pledge further action in this area.

On health, the Conservatives recognise the contribution of the whole health workforce, pledging:

· We will continue to ensure that we have enough doctors, nurses and other staff to meet patients’ needs, and consider how best to recognise and reward high performance.

On education, the Labour manifesto pledges that:

· Teachers will receive better training for working with children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Alongside the manifesto, the party’s ‘A Better Plan for Education’ specifically recognises and states:

· A child’s language development at age two is a strong predictor of their reading ability in primary school and their later attainment.

· Disadvantaged children are arriving at school already behind in core language and literacy skills.

· Disadvantaged children are far more likely to be behind in their language skills by the time they reach school.

On health, while the manifesto repeats previously announced pledges on doctors, nurses, midwives and care workers, in an article in the Morning Star launching Labour’s health manifesto, Andy Burnham wrote, ‘Labour will say that if you want to help build this new NHS and devote yourself to it, we will give you a ladder into it — not just to become a nurse or midwife but any of the disciplines that whole-person care will need in much greater supply — physios, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, mental health nurses, dieticians, therapists and counsellors.’ In addition, the manifesto talks about joining up services from home to hospital, with a single point of contact for all who need it

 

 

On education, the Liberal Democrats pledge to:

· Set a clear ambition for all children to achieve a good grasp of Maths and English, aiming to eradicate child illiteracy and innumeracy by 2025; set an interim goal that all children should start school with good language skills by 2020.

· Improve the identification of Special Educational Needs and disability at the earliest possible stage, so targeted support can be provided and primary schools are better prepared for their intake of pupils.

· Continue to promote the local integration of health, care and educational support for children with Special Educational Needs and health problems.

On health, they pledge to:

· Combine the public health, adult social care and health outcome frameworks into a single national wellbeing outcomes framework.

 

 · Introduce “care navigators” to help people find their way around the healthcare system. They also pledge to formally recognise British Sign Language as an official language of the UK.

With only a week left before the Vote on May 7th the full article can be read here and see what the parties have to offer for you.

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