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Our asks for the General Election 2017

Our asks for the General Election 2017


Across the UK for the next 4 weeks parties will be campaigning for your vote. Concerns you raise on the doorstep are fed back to party headquarters and can influence campaigning priorities. Please take a few minutes to look over the Society and College’s priorities to discuss with every canvasser who knocks looking for your vote.

  • Podiatrists to be recognised as vital in meeting health and social care demands. Podiatrists support people with long term conditions to maintain independence and be active, helping to facilitate good physical and mental health. Podiatrists work across pathways in independent practice, primary, community, residential and acute sectors. We are calling for recognition by NHS and social care leaders of the unique contribution podiatrists make to improving patient outcomes and to reducing spiralling costs of services.

  • The need for tightening of regulation for Foot Health Practitioners. There is a clear patient safety concern around Foot Health Practitioners, their lack of coherent scope of practice, their level of educational qualification, supervision, mentoring and the fact that they may be treating patients who are at a high risk of developing a foot ulcer. There is no mandatory regulation for Foot Health Practitioners, therefore the current voluntary registration system has the potential to cause danger and confusion to the public.

  • The loss of health bursaries for student Podiatrists. It is forecast that this will have a detrimental impact on the future podiatry workforce due to reduced student applications. The increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes and other long term conditions means that the numbers of podiatrists required to keep these people healthy should be increasing not diminishing.

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  • Ensuring healthcare workers are enabled to work within the UK and the EU, post Brexit. Healthcare should be provided by those with the correct qualifications; no matter what their nationality.

  • Increased protection for people with Diabetes and other high risk long term conditions i.e. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Peripheral Arterial Disease.

  • The NHS in England spends £1 billion per year on diabetic foot complications. Preventative healthcare is essential to meet the needs of our increasing and ageing population.

  • No tuition fees for health students. From September 2017 the bursaries in England for Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and Midwives have been removed. This has led to a reduction in numbers for these degree courses at a time when the NHS needs to bolster its clinical workforce.

  • Removal of the pay cap on public sector staff. NHS staff pay has been capped at 1% for six years running. The rate of inflation running is 3.2% making it a wage decrease.

  • Protection for small businesses and the self-employed around National Insurance increases and business rate rises. Small businesses requires stability from the Exchequer in order to have the confidence to grow.

  • Reduction in bureaucracy around Trade Union activities. The UK has the tightest Trade Union legislation in Europe. Recent legislation has reduced protection for employees and their fundamental rights.

  • Ensuring equality and diversity in the workplace. It is still legal for a company to stipulate that their female employees wear high heels to work as part of a dress code; this can cause physical injury

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