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19-20 June 2019, Manchester Central

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NHS plan jeopardised by unfinished business

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Delivering the ambitious vision of improved care for patients set out in the new NHS Long Term Plan plan will be extremely challenging without urgent government action on wider health funding, warn the Health Foundation and NHS Confederation. With over-stretched, under-staffed services and poorly maintained facilities, the health service will continue to struggle in the face of rising demand.

That is the conclusion of new analysis from independent charity the Health Foundation and a separate survey of front-line health leaders from the NHS Confederation, published ahead of the start of Confed19, the Confederation’s annual conference of health leaders.

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The Long Term Plan in January 2019 set the future direction for the NHS in England. Backed by £20 billion of additional funding, the health service is now set to deliver changes that should help to keep millions of people independent and in their own homes over the next ten years. This can and should be an exciting time of renewal.

The NHS Confederation is working closely with its members to gauge their views on the plan and to assess what they see as the barriers and enablers on this journey.

This report, published alongside analysis from the Health Foundation, is the first output in that process. It reveals a strong commitment and real enthusiasm for the key planks of reform articulated in the plan. It shows that leaders across the NHS in England, spanning trusts, clinical commissioning groups and integrated care systems, are optimistic and keen to deliver the plan’s vision: more services in the community, backed by technology and new models of care.

Download the report from the NHS Confederation website (link opens in a new tab/window).