General election 2015 Our work on health and social care issues in the 2015 general election Content Type Viewing: Our work Our work Publications Projects Blog posts Events Multimedia Press releases Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Completed project Health and social care: the first 100 days of the new government After 100 days in office, the new government's plans for health and social care are beginning to take shape. Here we explore the measures that have been announced so far. Article Government's first 100 days: Treasury's fingerprints are all over health policy The Treasury’s influence on government health policy is not surprising in view of the emphasis on deficit reduction and spending controls. So far the health policy can be divided into three major themes, each has their own tensions requiring resolution, writes Chris Ham Regulation, targets and transparency: The first 100 days of the new government The reliance on regulation to drive performance is set to continue, albeit with some subtle but important changes. The NHS five year forward view: The first 100 days of the new government The government has signalled strong support for the NHS five year forward view – the vision for the NHS published in October 2014 by NHS England – with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State endorsing it as the ‘NHS’s plan’ for improving services. Social care: The first 100 days of the new government Social care has been almost entirely absent from the government’s narrative so far, other than a call from the Secretary of State for families to do more to support older relatives and news that a new carers’ strategy will be published. Leadership: The first 100 days of the new government Two reviews of NHS leadership, both initiated under the previous government, have been published since the election. Public health: The first 100 days of the new government Public health features prominently in the NHS five year forward view which argues that the population’s health, the sustainability of the NHS and the country’s economic prosperity are all dependent on a ‘radical upgrade’ of prevention. Patient engagement: The first 100 days of the new government The Secretary of State has stressed the role of patients, calling for a new 'social contract’ between the public and health and care services. Mental health and learning disabilities: The first 100 days of the new government The new government has continued to emphasise the commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health that came to the fore under the coalition. Primary care: The first 100 days of the new government Developing primary care services is fundamental to delivering a number of the government’s election pledges including commitments to train an additional 5,000 GPs by 2020; give all patients access to a GP from 8am to 8pm seven days a week; and guarantee same-day appointments for everyone over 75 who needs them. Seven-day services: The first 100 days of the new government Establishing a seven-day health service is a key priority for the new government. Devolution: The first 100 days of the new government Devolution of responsibility and budgets to local areas has emerged as one of the new government's defining policy agendas. Quality and safety: The first 100 days of the new government Alongside the shift to focusing on NHS finances, the government is continuing its emphasis on quality and safety that came to the fore during the second half of the last parliament. Financial control and productivity The first 100 days of the new government Many of the new government’s first actions respond to the increasing financial pressures facing the NHS. Blog The politics of NHS funding and taxation in the new parliament If promised spending increases do not materialise soon, and ministers insist on the NHS regaining control of its finances, then urgent action will be needed, says Chris Ham. Completed project Health and social care under the new government Priorities and selected commentary/analysis for the new government, which takes up office with the NHS facing its biggest challenges for many years, while pressures on social care are escalating. Free event The first 100 days: what the election result means for health and social care Video Jeremy Hunt: my priorities as the new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's first speech as the newly reinstated Health Secretary in which he lays out his priorities for the new government: obesity and diabetes, general practice and the culture of the NHS. Article Only a big increase in NHS funding will guarantee David Cameron's legacy The Prime Minister could bring back compassionate Conservatism by his support for the NHS, says Chris Ham. Long read Three priorities for the new government: health and social care 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. Article Prospects for the NHS in England in the next parliament: Investment and reform should be at the heart of the new government’s programme The newly elected Conservative government faces an immediate challenge in keeping the NHS solvent in 2015-16 and a more fundamental challenge of transforming care to better meet the needs of an ageing population. It must also continue to improve patient safety and the quality of care without accentuating financial pressures facing NHS providers.