Politicians must show courage to support care reform and improve funding, says NHS Confederation

Era 3, Health care reforn in the UK
Responding to today’s (24 February) NHS Weekly Winter Operational Update, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, said:

“This does demonstrate the NHS’s resilience and willingness to respond in the face of unprecedented demand.

“The period over Christmas has been one of real achievement although it has not been without cost, as clinical staff and managers have been overstretched and some patients are not getting the care they need when they need it. It has also shown, more clearly than ever, that this is an interdependent system where the strains in one part of the service have a major knock-on effect in the other. Our plea to all politicians is have the courage to support reform at the local level and start to fund social care properly.

“Without urgent action many of these services are not sustainable.”

One Reply to “Politicians must show courage to support care reform and improve funding, says NHS Confederation”

  1. In the 1970s we hospital planners embarked on a hospital plan to build a district general hospital for average populations of about 150,000 persons. By the 1990s we knew that this pattern of provision was wrong and that we needed larger hospitals serving significantly larger populations in order to provide services that were proficient as well as efficient. It is a puzzle that so little has happened since then. Low calibre NHS management and uncourageous politicians must be to blame.
    And on the issue of social care many of us recognised in the 1980s that adult social care should be transferred to the NHS in order to bring order and efficiency to community care which even then we recognised was the key to NHS sustainability. I have to hope that the NHS Confederation’s call for courage is heeded though I am not very confident.

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