National Voices comment on new international comparisons of healthcare systems

Thu, 18 February 2016

National Voices comments on the Picker Institute’s cross-country comparison of health system performance.

The Picker Institute has published a cross-country comparison of health system performance. Person-centred care in Europe finds that, by international standards, access to care in England is excellent, but the quality of care is uneven and continues to lag behind that in many other OECD countries.

Commenting on the report, National Voices Chief Executive Jeremy Taylor said:

England is undoubtedly seeking to make significant steps towards a more person-centred health and care system. The NHS Five Year Forward View commits the NHS to empowering patients and engaging communities, and that is extremely welcome.

However, it remains a struggle to ensure that the patient voice is heard in all policies that affect people’s health and wellbeing. Major issues such as seven day access to services have lacked any real patient involvement, instead focusing on messy contract negotiations between government and professionals.

Beyond the NHS, there is a worrying lack of patient involvement in decisions on housing, employment, welfare, and devolution. All have a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing, yet patients play no part in the debate.  The Picker Institute is right to identify this as an issue

In this context, plans to block charities from voicing patient concerns by adding an anti-advocacy clause to all government grant funding agreements are a significant backwards step.

Involving people and communities in policy decisions is vital to improving the overall health and wellbeing of our population, and unlocking the social and economic benefits that brings.

Note

Download Person-centred care in Europe from the Picker Institute website.

For further information or comment, please contact Andrew McCracken, Head of Communications at National Voices, on 020 3176 0737, 07739981846 or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.

Report findings

Published on Thursday 18 February 2016, The Picker Institute’s cross-country comparison of health system performance finds that, by international standards, access to care in England is excellent, but the quality of care is uneven and continues to lag behind that in many other OECD countries.

More information on the report is available from Lanisha Butterfield at the Picker Institute: lanisha.butterfield@pickereurope.ac.uk.

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