Over and above the absence of illness and ailments, the health of our citizens is determined largely by access to meaningful work, support for active lives and access to good food. Healthy communities, which are inclusive and have a range of local facilities, also support individual health.
The Green Party would reverse the sale of NHS services and hospitals to private companies.
In the ever-changing world of NHS re-organisation what is important is that there is local and democratic accountability in the health service. Neighbourhood Partnerships should have a voice on health issues, and feed into the Health and Wellbeing Board. We oppose a target driven culture and the contracting of out-of-hours care to private enterprises.
Physical access to clinics and community hubs is an issue of major importance for many. Thus access to good, cheap public transport is a health issue.
Prioritise Children & Family Services
Sure Start and other children’s and family services perform a vital role. We will ensure that funding for these services is maintained.
Ensure resources go to promoting well-being and mental health both of individuals and communities
Services such as those that promote healthy diets and exercise, anger management courses and services related to substance misuse will also be given sufficient resources. Where they have been shown to be effective, complementary therapies will be supported.
Introduce Adult ‘playgrounds’
We recognise that that exercise and being outdoors should be free and fun. Where the opportunity arises we will build adult adventure playgrounds to encourage grown- ups to play and exercise.
Social care needs to be well integrated with the wider NHS. We will recognise the commitment and dedication of the staff providing these services, and promote the highest standards of care by ensuring that all care staff have full and appropriate training.
A Green Plan For Bristol
The Green Party is not just concerned about the environment.