Urgent call for long term conditions support

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 3rd December 2019
An image of the front cover of the ALLIANCE's 2019 General Election Manifesto. Text reads 'A vision for 2 Million expert voices. A new vision is urgently needed for the 4 in 10 people in Scotland who live with at least one long term condition'.

New manifesto calls for meaningful decision-making in shaping UK Government policies affecting people living with long term conditions.

The ALLIANCE has three key asks directed at prospective MPs, calling on them to prioritise people’s views of the support they receive. This includes ensuring people are supported to actively participate in discussions over the future of UK wide social security entitlements and employment programmes.

The manifesto also calls on candidates to back an independent evaluation of the impact of Brexit on health and social care across the UK, noting that uncertainty over the UK’s place in the European Union has already negatively impacted public services.

More than 2.5 million people in Scotland live with a long term condition or impairment, a number which is expected to grow as Scotland’s population increases.

Professor Ian Welsh OBE, the ALLIANCE’s Chief Executive, said: “More than one in three voters in Scotland live with one or more long term conditions. It is critical that their voice is heard during debates about the future programme of the UK Government and our manifesto highlights some of their key concerns.”

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