More detail needed on how Burnham's vision will be made a reality

Responding to Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham's publication today of NHS 2010–2015: from good to great: Preventative, people-centred, productive, The King's Fund Director of Policy Dr Anna Dixon said:

'Prevention and public health are areas that have been vulnerable to cuts during budget squeezes in the past. So we welcome the move by the Secretary of State to encourage the NHS to make prevention a much higher priority during the tough financial climate ahead.

'While many of the ideas in this paper have been announced before, there are promises to undertake new work on conditions such as heart failure and diabetes, which lead to unnecessary hospital admissions if not looked after properly.

'Moving care out of hospital and avoiding preventable admissions will be crucial if the NHS is to improve quality of care and meet the financial challenge. The document refers to a new payment system as one way to promote quality and to prompt NHS organisations to move activity away from expensive hospitals and into personalised and efficient community health services.

'The themes set out in the document now need to be translated into clear priorities and instructions for the NHS to implement. The operating framework, due to be published next week, should set out how this vision can be translated into reality.'

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  2. NHS 2010–2015: from good to great: Preventative, people-centred, productive is available from the Department of Health website
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