The Conservative manifesto committed to legislate, if necessary, to overcome barriers to implementing the NHS five year forward view and to clarify accountability. The Secretary of State has since said that any legislation is off the agenda for at least two years. As national NHS leaders have pointed out, significant progress can be made in delivering the changes needed without amending legislation. However, while another top-down reorganisation should be avoided, the law will need to be revisited to update a legal framework that was designed to promote competition and is increasingly out of step with a vision of the future based on collaboration between NHS organisations.
Responding to these challenges will require exceptional leadership at a time when a number of the most experienced leaders are leaving the NHS and there is evidence that it is becoming more difficult to fill leadership vacancies.
As the national bodies have recognised, much more needs to be done to support compassionate leadership and to tackle the bullying behaviours evident in some parts of the NHS. This means focusing on engaging staff, acting on patient feedback and implementing quality improvement techniques to develop cultures of care in which staff are supported and patients come first. The first test of this commitment will be to ensure that funding reaches frontline services.
There is also widespread evidence of poor-quality care, shortages of inpatient beds and workforce pressures. With research showing that addressing mental and physical health needs together is good for patients and saves money, areas must give equal focus to mental health when developing new models of care and in STPs. Although public satisfaction with general practice remains high, evidence suggests that people are finding it more difficult to get appointments , while GPs report that they are under growing pressure.
At the same time, the profession is facing a recruitment and retention crisis with fewer GPs choosing to undertake full-time clinical work, many opting to work in salaried or locum roles rather than as partners, and large numbers retiring.
It is essential to invest more of the NHS budget in general practice. At the same time, practices must accelerate progress towards working at scale in federations and networks to provide a wider range of services to patients, make better use of technology and adopt new ways of working.
The government should protect public health budgets and reverse current planned cuts. With evidence emerging that health inequalities are widening , a cross-government strategy that focuses on improving population health and reducing health inequalities is urgently needed. This means acting on the wider determinants of health including housing, employment, air quality, diet and nutrition, and on opportunities to take exercise and keep fit. It should draw on the approach taken in Wales where all relevant government policies are now subject to a health impact assessment. It should also include a tougher approach to regulation, and action on pricing and taxes to help tackle obesity and other public health challenges.
Rising demand for services due to an ageing population and years of underfunding have left adult social care services in crisis. As a result, many vulnerable people are being forced to rely on friends and family or are unable to access care at all. At the same time, the combined impact of reductions in fees paid by local authorities, staff shortages and the costs of paying those working in the sector the National Living Wage is forcing increasing numbers of care providers to leave the market.
These problems are exacerbating pressures on the NHS, with the number of bed days lost due to delays in discharging patients from hospital attributable to social care having risen by nearly 50 per cent in the two years to the end of March There is also considerable variation in performance, for example, in implementing good practice to reduce delayed discharges from hospital. Like the NHS, social care faces significant workforce challenges, with longstanding problems concerning recruitment and retention of staff, low pay and a reliance on migrant workers, including 90, EU nationals.
The belated pledge during the election campaign to introduce a cap on the lifetime costs of care — also a manifesto commitment in — offered the prospect of protection for people facing the catastrophic costs of long stays in residential care. However, there now appears to be significant doubt about whether these proposals will be taken forward. With the agreement between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party confirming that the manifesto commitments to end the triple lock on pensions and to means-test winter fuel payments — the proceeds of which had been earmarked to pay for health and social care — have been dropped, it will be even more difficult to find the money needed to pay for them.
The need for change in how social care is funded remains as vital and urgent as when the Prime Minister made the case for it during the election campaign. This should be substantial and wide-ranging, setting out costed options to put social care on a sustainable footing for the future and striking a fair balance between public and private funding.
It must also address workforce challenges and improve service models. In doing so, it should draw on the work of the Barker Commission which proposed a new settlement for health and social care, including more generous entitlements to publicly funded social care. This is realistic and affordable if implemented over time, and hard choices are made about how to find the additional resources. For two decades, politicians have recognised the need for fundamental reform of social care backed by a cross-party consensus.
Yet despite numerous reviews, commissions, Green and White Papers, successive governments have ducked the challenge. It is essential that this government has the courage to succeed where its predecessors have failed by living up to its promise to tackle one of the burning injustices of our time. Seven years of austerity have left health and social care services facing unprecedented challenges.
In the NHS, this is manifesting itself in financial deficits, longer waiting times for treatment and moves to ration services. In social care, the system is failing older and disabled people, their families and carers.
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The public is increasingly aware of these pressures and the outcome of the general election signalled growing public dissatisfaction with austerity. Yet, the election campaign saw little meaningful debate about the NHS.
While social care was a key issue during the campaign, the result has been to set back progress towards fundamental reforms identified as urgent two decades ago. This followed an EU referendum campaign during which the key claim was that Brexit would result in a huge funding dividend for the NHS.
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