When so much of your life is reliant on social care and NHS-funded assistance, the decisions of government can affect you on a far greater level than most UK citizens. That’s why it is important to have an idea of which way the political parties are leaning in the run up to the 2015 General Election and which policies directly affect you or your loved ones. Manifesto promises are infamously optimistic, and few explanations have been given of where all the promised funding comes from, however we have compiled for you the essential policies of the biggest three parties.
With only two days to go until the election, it’s vital that people within the disabled and spinally injured communities have as many facts at their disposal as possible.
The Conservatives and The Liberal Democrats both promise a “red-line dealbreaker” figure of £8bn extra funding for the NHS however this comes with £12bn of benefit cuts from the Conservative Party. Labour are pledging less money, however they want to overhaul the NHS in a more radical way, overturning the Health and Social Care Act completely and integrating the two areas.
All parties pledge more funding for the NHS as a whole, however the manifestos of Labour and the Liberal Democrats provide more detail when considering the specific needs or issues of the disabled demographic.
The future of the NHS will remain uncertain for the next few years, regardless of who wins this election, and further cuts are promised by most parties down the line. With Local Authority funding also now vulnerable to external pressures, there is an increased need for many who have been injured or disabled through no fault of their own to seek legal advice from a specialist firm of solicitors, such as Bolt Burdon Kemp, who can advise on whether they may be able to obtain compensation for their life changing injuries.
The NHS provides a crucial service in the very early days of a spinal cord injury but the demanding needs of various conditions limits the rehabilitation and maintenance potential of state funded healthcare over a person’s lifetime. Often, this lifelong need can only be met with private funding or through a claim for compensation. In order for needs to be met effectively, they must be tailored to the individual’s specific circumstances.
A successful claim for compensation will never change what has happened, but it may help fund care and treatment to enable someone with a spinal cord injury to live independently without reliance on the NHS or local authority funding.
At Bolt Burdon Kemp, we believe that a claim is about more than just compensation; it is about giving clients (i) access to rehabilitation, treatment and equipment from an early stage, to ensure that they have the best quality of life possible following a spinal injury and (ii) peace of mind that their complex needs will always be met including those associated with care, equipment and accommodation, regardless of state funded healthcare.
The NHS will provide you with the vital basics to enable you to live independently. However, compensation aims to put you back in the position you would have been in if you had never sustained a spinal cord injury. The aim of compensation is to provide you with lifelong, independent funding to help meet these new and complex needs, which would not have arisen had you not suffered your injury.
Mariel Stringer - Fehlow works with Raquel Siganporia in the Spinal Injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or you are concerned about the treatment you have received, contact us free of charge and in confidence on 020 7288 4844 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for specialist legal advice.