The Progressive Unionist Party repudiates the values and ethos of the New Right which now permeate the social services and which have led to a contract culture amongst those responsible for the provision of health, education and social welfare services. The party demands a strengthening, not a weakening, of the Health Service. In particular we demand that patient care is based on medical prognosis and not made subject to profit motivation.
The party strongly opposes any lowering of health standards as a result of the implementation of Trust status and the "Americanisation" of the Health Service. We view with grave concern the unrepresentative nature and lack of accountability of the Trusts, which, we believe, are tearing apart the very fabric of the Health Service.
We acknowledge and support the many positive aspects of Community Care but, at the same time, insist that this be properly funded to enable professional standards of caring and support for both patients and carers.
The party calls for a review of all Social Security benefits and demands an end to the policies and strategies of the New Right which seek the erosion of the Welfare State.
In particular we call for: