Responding to the launch of Lord Darzi’s review, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“We are at a watershed moment for health and social care and it is important the next steps are the right ones.
“Lord Darzi is right to identify significant action is absolutely essential for social care. An Ipsos Mori poll we commissioned recently suggested 82% of the British public backed a spending uplift in this sector.
“Similarly, we agree that systems need to be simplified, locally led and patient centred with care shifted away from hospitals and into the community. In particular there needs to be more investment in primary care. The new long-term funding deal announced by the Prime Minister simply will not work if we carry on doing the same things in the same ways.”