Ahead of UK General Election on the 8th June, we’ll be holding a #physiotalk twitter chat on Wednesday 7th June 8pmBST to discuss the potential impact of the election on us as physiotherapists. Regional physiotherapy networks and country boards will be co-hosting the evening, looking at how we can use the national political picture to get involved and influence change locally following the election, and on the election day itself.
The politics of health
Following the announcement of a snap general election, political parties have been campaigning furiously to catch our attention and share promises for the future. Health and social care pledges have fueled a large amount of headlines in the run up to the election, as each party tackles key issues of funding, service provision and social care. This means, as physios, our day to day job can and will be influenced by the winning party (or parties…).
We are fortunate to live in a democracy and politics can be positive force for change. Many of us need to engage with the politics of health to improve services, raise the profile of what we do and get things done. Politics is not a dirty word. Social justice, equality and inclusion are all intricately part of healthcare, and it’s important to be aware of the strategic decisions that affect our health services.
So how is it we can get involved in these changes, even at the end of a long campaigning period?
***Please note that although this will be a political discussion we will be keeping it as objective, balanced and non-party political as possible during the chat and @physiotalk will not be siding with any political parties during the discussions***
Questions to think about before the chat
- What impact do you think healthcare has had and will have on #GE2017?
- Are you aware of the different parties stances on health and social care?
- What impact could the election outcome have on the NHS and our services?
- How does physiotherapy feature and what part does it play so far?
- How can you get involved politics? Is it your job?
- If you were able to share one message about physiotherapy (as a physio and as a patient) with your MP, what would it be?
- Isn’t it too late to change anything?
- AHPs and the politics of health (WeAHPs blog, 2016)
- 2017 General Election Tracker
- Backing Rehab (CSP)
- Find your local MP on Twitter
- General election commentary by The Health Foundation
- Kings Fund election page
- Comparison of manifestos, the Health Foundation