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Funding boost needed to protect the NHS, say doctors

Government urged to commit to joined-up care

Jo Carlowe

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Stop reorganising the NHS from the top down, doctors are urging politicians.

As the party conference season approaches, the Royal College of Physicians has issued Future hospital: more than a building - a five-point plan for the next government.

The plan sets out a series of recommendations aimed at improving patient care and safeguarding the NHS from an impending financial crisis, explains the RCP. In addition, it calls for the government to invest in medical education and support research, promote public health through evidence-based legislation, and adopt the RCP’s Future Hospital model for redesigning health services that brings care closer to the patient.

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre explained: “The NHS has suffered badly from the instability caused by constant reorganisation, and funding policies that have made it harder for hospitals, GPs and community services to work together to improve patient care. The next government must commit to a long-term vision that brings joined-up care to patients wherever they are. They must also increase funding quickly to safeguard the NHS from an impending financial crisis, and reassure the public that the NHS will remain free at the point of delivery.”

The RCP’s five-point plan calls for the following:

  • Remove the financial and structural barriers to joined-up care for patients
  • Invest now to deliver good care in the future
  • Prioritise what works in the NHS and improve what doesn’t
  • Promote public health through evidence-based legislation
  • Adopt the Future Hospital model as a template for service redesign

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