Hunt reappointed: National Voices responds

Mon, 11 May 2015

Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive of National Voices, the health and social care charity coalition, said: 

"Jeremy Hunt brought a much needed focus on the safety and quality of care in the last Government. We congratulate him on his re-appointment and look forward to continuing to help him and his colleagues focus on the things that most matter to patients, service users, families and carers.

“Health and social care face huge financial and quality challenges in the next few years. National Voices believes that engaging people fully in their health and care is key to meeting these challenges. This means designing services around people’s needs and ensuring that people have a much stronger voice in key decisions.

“The Conservative Party manifesto backed the ‘forward view’ created by the NHS and its partners, including on NHS funding, but little has been said about the future funding of social care. This now needs to be addressed urgently. Further cuts to social care, and cuts to benefits, could have a damaging impact on people’s health, further escalating demands on the NHS.

“National Voices members have set out what needs to be done in Person Centred Care 2020. This is an agenda for improving care, with the NHS, statutory agencies and charities working together. We look forward to working with the new Government to put these plans into practice.”   

 

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Notes to editors

Contact Jules Acton on 020 3176 0737 / 0738 jules.acton@nationalvoices.org.uk 

National Voices is the coalition of health and social care charities in England. We work for a strong patient and citizen voice and services built around people. We stand up for voluntary organisations and their vital work for people’s health and care.

Find National Voices' summary of health, care and wellbeing commitments from the Conservative Party manifesto here.

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