New government

Mounting deficits, worsening performance and declining staff morale mean the NHS is facing its biggest challenge for many years, while pressures on social care are escalating.

The challenge for the government will be to strike a balance between addressing unprecedented short-term pressures and initiating the long-term changes needed to place the NHS and social care on a sustainable footing. The stakes could not be higher.

Priority 1: New funding and higher productivity

Unless additional funding is found, there is a real prospect of deficits snowballing, an accelerating decline in NHS performance and a deterioration in the quality of patient care as staff numbers are cut and waiting times rise.

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Priority 2: A new approach to NHS reform

It is time to initiate a fundamental shift in how the NHS is reformed, learning from what has worked here and abroad.

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Priority 3: A new settlement for health and social care

Responding to the challenge set out by the Barker Commission and delivering a new settlement for health and social care should be a top priority.

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