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How important is the NHS when you vote?

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16th April 2015

Over 90% of the British public take the National Health Service (NHS) into consideration when voting and over a quarter say it is their top priority, new research has found. Yet over half of medical professionals (56%) believe that no political party best represents the interests of the health service.

Voters attitudes towards the public health service were uncovered in The British Health Report, commissioned by personal injury and medical negligence solicitors, Your Legal Friend.

According to the report, it is the younger generations that most value our health service. Over one third of 18 – 24 year olds cite the NHS as their top priority when voting. In contrast, less than a quarter (23%) of over 55s revealed that they prioritise the service.

Regional disparities also exist, with voters in Scotland demonstrating the strongest support for the NHS. Over a third (34%) of voters north of the border say the NHS is their number one concern in the election. Voters in the Midlands and the South West were the least likely to base their vote on the future of free healthcare, with just 22% and 20% citing it as their top priority respectively.

Despite these demographic differences, the NHS clearly holds a significant influence over the ballots and is arguably the biggest vote winner – or loser – in the election campaign. It should come as no surprise that each major party has keenly remembered the health service in their policy-making.

According to UK medical professionals, the Labour party, which founded the NHS in 1948, most closely represents the views of the health service. A fifth (20%) of medical professionals would put their faith in the Labour party, closely followed by 15% who believe the Conservatives best represent the service.

As the 2015 General Election approaches, we take a look at how the NHS influences British votes.

 nfographic - how important is the NHS to UK election votes

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About The British Health Report

The British Health Report has been launched by Your Legal Friend on 24th March 2015. An independent online survey of 400 doctors and 1000 consumers was conducted by an independent research agency between 6th and 13th January 2015.

Your Legal Friend is one of the UK’s leading personal injury and negligence firms, offering a range of legal services and advice to the victims of personal injury, including motor vehicle accidents, cycle accidents, passenger transport accidents, motorbike accidents and work related injuries; medical negligence, and professional negligence. Your Legal Friend is part of 2020 Legal Limited, which also trades as Camps Solicitors. 2020 Legal Limited has over 30 years’ experience working with the victims of non-fault claims and accidents, handling thousands of cases every year.