Statement on action to tackle NHS finances

Thu, 21 July 2016

National Voices responds to a series of measures to cut the annual NHS trust deficits, and create more direct accountability of trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to live within their resources.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced a series of measures to cut the annual trust deficit, and create more direct accountability of trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to live within their resources.

Commenting on the announcements, Jeremy Taylor, chief executive of National Voices, said:

NHS deficits are a symptom of long term structural problems catching up with the NHS, as well as long term funding problems. Whatever short term steps are taken to stabilise deficits, they do not replace the need to fundamentally change how we support people to live healthy lives.

National Voices calls for one integrated system, with all parts adequately funded. Funding should reflect the need for adequate resourcing of all sectors of the health and care system, including social care, public health and the voluntary and community sector.

Social care is now at a tipping point, and the initiative to use council tax precepts to prop it up has been shown to be inadequate. The public health system is equally underfunded for the task of addressing population health and promoting better health. The voluntary and community sector plays a vital role in supporting people’s health and wellbeing, but also faces a funding crisis.

Last week National Voices wrote to Theresa May calling for, amongst other things, investment in social care, public health, and the VCSE sector, in recognition that the NHS cannot meet the health and wellbeing challenge on its own.

For more information, contact Andrew McCracken, National Voices Head of Communications, on 020 3176 0737 or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.

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