Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive, has spoken at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference about possible solutions to the main challenges for the NHS:
- Growing population: three million more people in England by the end of the decade.
- Ageing population.
- Rising levels of obesity, dementia and multimorbidity.
- More sophisticated, expansive and expensive treatments.
He wishes to encourage more local innovation to permit the most cost-effective and flexible solutions (“horses for courses”) when:
- NHS commissioning for outcomes and value.
- Redesigning care models.
- Harnessing the coming innovations in modern medicine.
A 5 Year “Forward View” is expected later this year.
Triggle, N. (2014). Dropping the ‘N’ in NHS. London: BBC Health News, June 6th 2014.
This relates to:
Speech by Simon Stevens, CEO NHS England, to the NHS Confederation Annual Conference 2014: thinking like a patient, acting like a taxpayer – from NHS challenges to new solutions? London: NHS England, June 4th 2014.
Former Conservative cabinet minister Stephen Dorrell has resigned from his role as chair of the Commons Health Select Committee in order to be able to contribute to the debate on the future of the health service towards the 2015 election from a less overtly political position.
Dorrell steps down as Commons health committee chair. London: BBC Politics News, June 3rd 2014.
An assessment from a seasoned commentator:
Patterson J. (2014). What Dorrell’s bid for freedom says about the political fix. London [Online]: NHSNetworks, June 7th 2014.
A BMA public opinion poll, possibly of interest, concerning perceived political interventions:
Triggle, N. (2014). Political parties using NHS to win votes, poll suggests. London: BBC Health News, June 23rd 2014.
Sarah Wollaston, Conservative Chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee has asserted more money (as opposed to the currently ring-fenced NHS budget) is needed to deal with increasing demands on the NHS:
NHS needs more money, say senior Tory and Lib Dem MPs. London: BBC Health News, June 29th 2014.