Ongoing Reflections on the State of the NHS (BBC News / NAO / NHS Providers / PAC / Health Foundation / NHS England)

Summary

The Prime Minister is in favour of another multi-year funding plan for the NHS in England, deigned to permit planned re-structuring, tackle long-term financial shortages, and avoid recurrent annual cash top-ups / the persistent need for unexpected bailouts. This is vaguely reminiscent of the spirit behind the Five Year Forward View funding settlements of 2015, which might arouse some pause for reflection.

The aim is to achieve cross-party political consensus on improving productivity and efficiency, while reducing cost pressures. Over 100 MPs recently suggested that a cross-party Parliamentary Commission be set-up to debate the NHS’s long-term financial requirements, in the context of new plans to meet rising demand and the challenges from the ageing population.

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NHS: PM to look at ‘multi-year’ funding plan for health service. London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, March 27th 2018.

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The Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office: Morse, A. (2018). Sustainability and transformation in the NHS. National Audit Office Report (HC 719). Session 2017–2019. London: The Stationery Office [Department of Health and Social Care / National Audit Office (NAO)], January 19th 2018.

Experts think there are likely to be strings attached (which may be sensible, given past experience), and warn that the intended changes may not come into effect soon enough:

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Pym, H. (2018). Does the NHS face another year’s misery? London: BBC Health News, March 29th 2018.

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Triggle, N. (2018). We’ve not got enough beds or staff – NHS bosses. London: BBC Health News, March 29th 2018.

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Tough task: the NHS delivering for patients and staff in 2018/19. London: NHS Providers, March 2018.

Public Accounts Committee Report

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts similarly sees enduring financial problems in the NHS, there being too much “propping up the system and balancing the books in the short-term” instead of long-promised transformation.

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House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (2018). Sustainability and transformation in the NHS. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report, ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 21 March 2018. London: The Stationery Office Limited (House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts), March 27th 2018. HC 793.

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Health Foundation submission: Public Accounts Committee inquiry on sustainability and transformation in the NHS. London: Health Foundation, February 2018.

More from the Health Foundation, on challenges for Sustainability and Transformation Plans (for the Health and Social Care Committee):

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Health Foundation submission: Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into integrated care: organisations, partnerships and systems. London: Health Foundation, March 13th 2018.

Latest NHS England Funding and Resources

An update to NHS England’s funding plans for 2018/19 has been published, explaining briefly how this funding will be used to implement “Next Steps” to transform local health and care systems.

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NHS England Funding and Resource 2018/19: Supporting ‘Next Steps for the NHS Five Year Forward View’. London: NHS England, March 29th 2018.

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