The Autumn Budget 2017 did not deliver the funding increases that health and social care need. In subsequent statements, a number of NHS leaders have suggested the need for tough decisions about what can be afforded by and expected of the NHS.
National Voices, alongside 22 other organisations, has written to the chair of NICE, David Haslam, expressing concern about proposals to reduce the patient and clinician representation at Health technology Appraisal committee meetings, in the interests of efficiency.
The signatories call for a delay to consultation on the proposals to ensure proper engagement through the ‘Patients Involved in NICE’ group.
Leaders of 71 National Voices member organisations have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for a new settlement for funding health and care.
The signatories also call on the Government to reaffirm its support for the Five Year Forward View and to prioritise person-centred and community-focused approaches to health and care.
The signatories represent a broad range of health and care charities and supporters.