Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘We welcome the commitment to extra funding for the NHS and social care, which will go some way to addressing the pressures facing the NHS and reversing the decline in social care services for older people and people with disabilities. But investment needs to go alongside reform to develop new and better ways of delivering care, rather than protecting outdated services.
‘The proposal to halt sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) risks holding back essential changes to services. Labour are right that there has so far not been nearly enough engagement with the public and patients and this needs to happen, but where the case for change has been made politicians should not stand in the way.
‘In the long term, spending on health and social care will need to increase as a share of GDP to meet rising demand for services and bring us into line with spending in other countries such as France and Germany.’
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