Calls for Prime minister to begin cross-party process to end current NHS and social care crisis

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Theresa May must urgently begin a cross-party process to find a long-term solution to the current crisis in health and social care funding.

In an open letter to the Prime Minister signed by 75 organisations and leading voices in the sector including Independent Age, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Care England, Patients Association, Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Nursing, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE), Leonard Cheshire Disability, Marie Curie and RNIB ask the Prime Minister to instigate proceedings to put a stop to the NHS crisis.

The letter warns that “2017 simply cannot be another year where these huge issues are ducked” and that unless the Prime Minister takes “a bolder approach millions of older, ill and disabled people and their carers will continue to be badly let down.”

There can be no doubt about the scale of the challenges facing health and social care services in England. We need a cross-party approach to achieve a long-term solution to ensure millions of older, ill and disabled people and their carers can access the high-quality care they deserve.

Meanwhile today, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, gives evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on the financial sustainability of the NHS today at 3pm. Watch here

The Public Accounts Committee examines the financial performance of NHS bodies, which has worsened considerably in 2015–16 and is not sustainable—according to the National Audit Office.

·    Watch Parliament TV: The Financial Sustainability of the NHS

·    Inquiry: The Financial Sustainability of the NHS

·    Public Accounts Committee

Witnesses

Wednesday 11 January 2017, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 2.30pm

·    Sarah Thompson, Chief Officer, Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group

·    Rob Whiteford, Chief Finance Officer, Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group

·    Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers

At 3.00pm

·    Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health

·    David Williams, Director General, Finance and Group Operations, Department of Health

·    Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

·    Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement

 

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