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UK political parties to be questioned on long-term conditions care

5 April, 2005

Politicians representing the UK's three main parties will be questioned on their manifesto plans for the National Health Service, and in particular care for people with long-term conditions, at the first major health debate of the general election campaign.

17 Million Reasons, a partnership of 22 organisations representing patients, healthcare professionals and managers will host the hustings event, chaired by the broadcaster John Humphrys, on Tuesday 5 April. The political panel will include:

  • Labour: Rosie Winterton MP, health minister
  • Conservatives: Andrew Lansley MP, shadow health secretary
  • Liberal Democrats: Baroness Barker, health spokesperson

The audience will include representatives from the 17 Million Reasons partnership, healthcare professionals as well as people living with long-term conditions.

David Pink, chief executive of the Long-term Medical Conditions Alliance, said:

"We hope that the hustings will provide a forum for questions to be answered concerning care for the 17 million people in the UK who live with long-term conditions. Last year, the 17 Million Reasons partnership launched its manifesto. This event is the next step in our campaign and we hope that the political parties will listen and take on board the views of those living day-to-day with conditions which limit their quality of life.'