The impact of the pandemic and a lack of funding from the government could force the NHS to abandon key commitments in 2018 as part of a deal to secure long-term funding for healthcare.
NHS England owners have launched a review of the commitments made by the NHS in their long-term plan, which was published in 2019, when the government agreed to provide a £20bn raise in spending over five years to 2024 .
Senior directors in the NHS have told hsj Many of the promises made at the time, including increasing GP numbers to 5,000, diagnosing more cancers earlier, and improving mental health care, may no longer be delivered.
Other goals include reducing stillbirth and neonatal deaths by 50 percent, halving the rate of detention of people with learning disabilities in hospitals, and increasing mental health investments as part of the NHS budget in each year of the plan. Is.
NHS England told Granthshala The COVID pandemic had “inevitably affected some delivery trajectories” but said: “The NHS remains determined to deliver on ambitions to improve the care and treatment prescribed in the long-term plan.”
The government has announced additional spending for the NHS next year of around £6.5bn, but it is believed to be two-thirds of the £10bn that NHS England asked to tackle the additional cost of the pandemic and its impact . Backlog of operations which has now reached a record 5.6 million people.
NHS leaders have also been asked to prepare for swing efficiency savings, which are widely considered to be unrealistic, but with the Government as a condition of Treasury support for the scheme by Sir Simon Stevens, former chief executive of NHS England. agreed were part of the original deal.
HSJ said it has been told that the target is now unlikely to be achieved due to time lost and additional demand in areas such as mental health. Staff recruitment has been affected and NHS leaders fear more staff will be gone in the last 18 months.
Hospitals, ambulance trusts and community services are already reporting huge demand with the military being called on to support ambulance services during the summer – with winter expected to get worse.
NHS England is believed to be reviewing a long-term plan, following the appointment of new chief executive Amanda Pritchard, to consider more requests for funding in an upcoming spending review, as well as publicly stating who it is. goals may have to be accepted. Missed.
The news comes at a time when lawmakers have already questioned funding of the NHS at the expense of other public services such as social care and could make negotiations with the Treasury more difficult.
This is likely to point to clear warnings given by NHS England when the plan was published, which clarified that the plan’s success was based on workforce spending investments as well as increased funding for buildings and a backlog in repair work.
The government is yet to come up with a cost-effective workforce plan in several years, despite warnings of widespread staff shortages and staffing levels that are more than a decade old.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We have supported healthcare at every turn, with an additional £34 billion this year made available to support health and care services alone. This was in 2018 for the NHS. Comes on top of our historic agreement to increase the NHS budget by £33.9 billion [in cash terms] by 2023-24.
“We are providing an additional £36 billion for health and social care from April 2022 to March 2025, including a ring-fenced £8 billion to tackle the backlog and an additional 9 million checks, scans for patients to the NHS. And helps in giving the operation. Country.”
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