NHS financial crisis means five-year plan will fail, say hospital finance directors

An Article in the Independent newspapeWednesday 18 November 2015

suggests that :

“The £8bn cash injection promised by the government is not enough to save the health service, according to a huge majority of hospital and primary care finance directors who believe the NHS five-year plan will fail without more support.

Some 84 per cent said the ongoing budget crisis meant they did not have the resources to implement the plan and that more money was needed on top to prevent services being further damaged.”

“The Five-Year Forward View”

The Five-Year Forward View, published last October, was developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS Improvement.

Patient groups, clinicians and independent experts provided their advice to create a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.

Among the changes promised was support for “hard-hitting national action” on obesity, smoking, alcohol and other major health risks; an integrated hospital and primary care provider – Primary and Acute Care Systems – combining for the first time general practice and hospital services; and the redesign of urgent and emergency care services to integrate between A&E departments, GP out-of-hours services, urgent care centres, NHS 111, and ambulance services.

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