General election 2017: how we can make lung health a priority
It’s less than 2 weeks until the general election! Nathan explains where each political party stands on lung health.
Lung health needs to be a priority. We need action to tackle air pollution, improve care for people living with a lung condition and help people to quit smoking.
Sarah, our policy manager, has already explained the 3 things we want political parties to do.
We put our case to each of the largest national parties. Now that they’ve published their manifestos, here's what they said about lung health.
The Conservative party
The Conservative manifesto pledged to take action against poor air quality in urban areas. Although they didn’t mention lung disease specifically, they did promise to improve the response to historically underfunded and poorly understood disease groups.
That definitely applies to lung disease. If Theresa May becomes prime minister, we'll do our best to make sure lung health becomes a big part of this promise.
The Labour party
The Labour party have said they'll establish a clean air act to tackle air pollution and a tobacco control plan. Although they didn’t mention lung disease in their manifesto, the Labour Party have previously said they’d support a taskforce for lung health. This taskforce would come up with a national plan to improve how lung conditions are treated.
If Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister, we'll need to hold him to these promises.
The Liberal Democrats
The Lib Dems have said in their manifesto they’ll tackle air pollution through a green transport act and an air quality plan. They also promise to reduce smoking rates. They'll do this by bringing in a levy on tobacco companies so they fairly contribute to health care costs and services to help people stop smoking.
If the Lib Dems are in government, we’ll hold them to their promises on clean air and tobacco and convince them we need a national strategy to tackle lung disease too.
We’re not going to tell you how to vote. That's up to you.
But whoever is elected, we’re going to need your help to make sure that they make improving everyone's lung health their priority.
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I have a lung condition and I want the next government to do more to tackle dirty air
Catherine is living with a lung condition. Air pollution affects her life. She wants the next government to take more action.