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RCP responds to announcement of Conservative party leadership contest rules

The RCP has responded to the rules announced by the 1922 Committee for the Conservative leadership contest.

RCP president Sir Andrew Goddard said: “The Conservative party elected in 2019 marked out the NHS as one of its key priorities. We have since endured a pandemic, the effects of which will be long lasting. It is vital that the NHS and social care remain a central focus for government.

“Reducing waiting lists, which currently stand at a record 6.5 million, must be a priority for the next prime minister. Equal focus must also be given to reducing pressures on primary and urgent and emergency care, both of which are facing their highest ever demand. Both will require an expansion of the NHS and social care workforce, including through increased medical school and clinical training places.

“Now is also a critical moment in our efforts to tackle health inequality. Conservative MPs considering standing to be leadership candidates will also need to set out clear cross-government plans to reduce the gap in healthy life expectancy between the most and least deprived communities as this worryingly continues to widen. The RCP has long called for an explicit cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.  

“The challenges facing the health and care service remain as significant as they were a year ago. The nation clearly faces spending pressures but investing in the health of the nation is a smart investment to make.”