The head of the NHS Confederation says that if a higher proportion of money is spent on care services, the more care can be carried out outside of the hospital and save NHS money.
In his New Year’s message, Mike Farrar said he would like to see a higher proportion of investment in primary, community, mental health and social care services.
Untreated mental illness costs the NHS over £10billion in physical healthcare costs every year. And delayed transfers in care – often a result of the right support not being in place – currently cost the NHS £545,000 per day (approximately £200 million per year).
Increasing money in these areas will help keep people out of hospital and leading independent lives, accessing care in their own homes, or closer to home.
If we want to ensure that our health service is improving in the long-term, not just running to stand still, then fundamental change is necessary. We should all be concerned about the future of the NHS and we should all be active in finding the best solutions.
Key points for public and key changes for NHS
In his address, Mr Farrar discusses five key things the public can do to help the NHS to remain sustainable. This in turn will mean five changes to the way the NHS works in the future.
Five changes to the way the NHS works;
provide a better explanation of safe and effective cases for change that will improve the quality of local services
provide more investment in primary, community, mental health and social care services as a proportion of the total spend
be more transparent
provide more support for courageous politicians who put their population’s health above their own electoral health
provide better information and advice to support healthier lives.
Five key things the public can do;
take time to understand what is happening in healthcare
demand more services that help you stay out of hospital, not more hospital beds
demand more information from the NHS about the quality of local care
challenge local and national politicians to lead the debate about sustainable health and care services
help us to help you, by thinking about your own use of services.
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