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The King's Fund's priorities for health and care at the next general election

In the run up to the anticipated general election, The King’s Fund will explore what national government can do to improve health and care in England, consider political parties’ policy proposals, and make sense of the national debate.

The health and care system is facing profound challenges, while public satisfaction with the NHS and social care services is at an all-time low. The next election is a critical moment for politicians to explain how they plan to overcome these challenges, enhance services and improve health.

As political parties prepare for the general election, The King’s Fund has identified three priorities where national action from a future government will help ‘fix’ the NHS and social care and improve people’s health. These are:

  • improve access to out-of-hospital care

  • make careers in health and social care more attractive

  • tackle the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health.

On these pages you can find more detail on these priorities, our analysis of party policies, and content to help make sense of the debate around health and care.

Our general election priorities

  • General election priorities: improving access to out-of-hospital care

    Improving access to out-of-hospital care

    This briefing focuses on how to improve access to out-of-hospital care, including GPs, social care, community services and community mental health services.

  • General elections priorities: making careers in social care more attractive

    Making careers in health and social care more attractive

    The health and care workforce crisis is at the heart of many of the challenges facing the NHS and social care in England. We look at what national government can do to address severe sta...

  • General election priorities: tackling the biggest risk factors affecting people's health

    Tackling the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health

    This briefing focuses on how to tackle the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health.