NHS long-term plan launched
The NHS long-term plan has been launched by NHS England, endorsed by government. The plan demands a repeal of parts of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which the Prime Minister has also acknowledged has proved damaging to the health service. The King's Fund has said that "NHS leaders should be applauded for focusing on improving services outside hospitals and moving towards more joined-up, preventative and personalised care for patients", but that "A number of decisions – notably on hospital waiting times – have been postponed, indicating that trade-offs and difficult choices lie ahead". The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is preparing an analysis of the implications for the sector.
Questions remain about whether the goals it sets out are commensurate with current funding levels.
The full plan is attached here.
Read the King's Fund's response here