The next government must ensure that the focus on improving quality of care established in the wake of the Francis report is sustained. It will also need to set in train a transformation of services to meet the needs of patients more effectively. Looking further ahead, the big question is how to provide adequate funding to meet future demand for health and social care.
It is essential that politicians are honest with the public about the scale of these challenges. The stakes are high – without a clear mandate for change, the next government may find itself helpless to address them.
Our view of the challenges and priorities
We set out here our view of the key challenges and priorities for the next government:
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More of our work in the run-up to the next general election
- View an illustrated guide to our 12 priorities
- See our online resources around our priorities for the next government
- Read Chris Ham's blog: The deafening silence on the funding of health and care must be challenged
- See what the main parties are saying about health and social care with our general election tracker
- Find out more about our work ahead of the next election