General Election 2019
Making the case for dietetics during the 2019 election
A General Election has been called for December 12, and it's an important opportunity to make the case for dietetics and raise other important policy points with candidates and parties that may go on to form the next government.
Although this election is likely to be dominated by Brexit, lots of other issues will be prominent, including the NHS, public health and the environmental issues.
What the BDA will be doing
The BDA will be writing to all the major parties to encourage them to commit to a number of key policies and actions in their manifestos should the form the next government. You can read a copy of the letter here(member only). The five main areas covered include:
- Brexit - protecting access to specialist nutrition, valuing dietitians from the EU and maintaining public health and food standards.
- Protecting the NHS - ensuring that the NHS is protected from privatisation and funded properly for the long term to ensure it can deliver for patients.
- Dietetic workforce - investing to expand the dietetic workforce and make much wider use of their skills and expertise, including in public health and primary care.
- Food insecurity - action to tackle the shocking number of people in the UK who struggle to feed themselves or their families, including changes to the welfare system.
- National Food Strategy - ensuring that the UK has a robust and comprehensive strategy to ensure that everyone can access healthy, sustainable and affordable food.
We will also be working alongside our allies and partners to highlight other important policy issues on which we have campaigned for some time, including:
- Hospital Food (following the Hospital Food Review)
- Folic Acid Fortification of Flour
- Adult and Childhood Obesity
- Sustainable diets
What you can do
Although the "pre-election period" means NHS trusts and other public bodies cannot undertake activity that could influence the outcome of the election, you are free to speak to candidates as an individual. That could be while they are canvasing or on social media.
You could raise any of the above issues, or perhaps an issue closer to home relating to your own service. We've included some links above and below which might be helpful.
We've got some tips on political influencing as part of the Influencing Action Pack, and you can watch a webinar about political influencing on our Facebook page.
After the election you can contact your newly elected MP to raise these same points and request that they take them forward with the Government.
Keep us informed of any activity you undertake by emailing Tom Embury, Public Affairs Officer at email@example.com
Keep checking back as we will add more information to this page as the election campaign develops.
- Register to vote by 26 November 2019
- Find out more about the candidates standing in your area with Who Can I Vote For?
- BBC's "Really Simple Guide" to the General Election
- Read the Council of Dean's manifesto for healthcare education.
- Read the Obesity Health Alliance’s manifesto on childhood obesity. The BDA is a member of the OHA.
- Read the NHS Confederation's report on the NHS and future trade deals.
- Read the King's Fund's work on health and social care issues ahead of the 2019 general election
- NHS England's Pre-Election Gudiance for the NHS (for the May 2019 election)