Community and public health services hardest hit by financial pressure

A new report has found that financial pressures in the NHS have affected patient care in ways that often go “under the radar”, with community and public health services amongst the hardest hit.

Commenting on the King’s Fund report, 'Understanding NHS financial pressures', Don Redding, Director of Policy at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, said:

The services hardest hit by financial pressures are the services we most need to develop as more and more of us are living with chronic long term conditions that cannot be ‘fixed’ with a spell in hospital.

One quarter of the population has at least one long term condition and this is a severe challenge to a system set up to provide reactive care for bouts of illness.

Among the things that need greatly increased capacity at local level are support for prevention, GP time, qualified community nursing, and community based support to stay independent and socially connected.

The core customer of health and care services has changed, but the model has not.

For further information or interview requests, contact Andrew McCracken on 0203 176 0737 or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.