NHS England has set out a call to action to staff, public and politicians to help NHS meet future demand and tackle funding gap through ‘honest and realistic’ debate.
It calls upon the public, NHS staff and politicians to have an open and honest debate about the future shape of the NHS in order to meet rising demand, introduce new technology and meet the expectations of its patients. This is set against a backdrop of flat funding which, if services continue to be delivered in the same way as now, will result in a funding gap which could grow to £30bn between 2013/14 to 2020/21.
We are fully supporting the call to action and will be working with our local population to raise awareness of this and the ways to get involved over the coming months.
General practice call to action
NHS England is also seeking views to help shape general practice in the future.
Their aim is to enable general practice to play an even stronger role at the heart of more integrated out-of-hospital services that deliver better health outcomes, more personalised care, excellent patient experience and the most efficient possible use of NHS resources.
You can give your views on the consultation page for ‘a call to action’.