Secretary of State’s priorities encouraging but social care is key, says NHS Confederation

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Responding to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s speech outlining his early priorities, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the health and care sector, said:

“The priorities outlined by the new Secretary of State are very encouraging and will strike a positive chord with our members who have long argued that workforce, technology and transformation to develop services in the community are central.

“Next we need to see the detail. It is imperative clinical staff and the public are involved in shaping any long-term plan – but crucially this must be a health and care plan, not an NHS plan.

“In March the Prime Minister promised to correct the mistakes of previous Governments by putting an end to ‘siloed’ working and integrating health and social care so that demands on the NHS are better managed. This work must begin now, not later, otherwise we risk slipping back into the age-old habit of fighting NHS fires rather than planning for the long-term.”

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