Restoring national health.
Compassion in healthcare and the prevention of illness should be at the forefront of our healthcare service.
Prevention is better than cure …… and part of prevention is greater equality
The Green Party believes in a much stronger emphasis on prevention of ill health, by living healthier lives and encouraging greater equality. This shows how, unlike other parties, our policies are woven together into a coherent whole. Better health is not simply a matter of ever-increasing spending on the NHS.
We cannot have an effective preventive approach or a long-term plan for health improvement, unless we encourage healthier eating, more exercise, a lower-stress, slower-living society, a serious reduction in environmental pollutants, and greater access to tranquil countryside. And we recognise the connection between mental and physical well-being.
Making our society more equal will improve our health, without spending a penny extra on the NHS. Life expectancy, infant mortality, low birth-weight and self-rated health are worse in more unequal societies. Mental illness and drug addiction are much more common in more unequal countries. Obesity is less of a problem in more equal societies like Japan and worst in the most unequal ones like the US.