The government has announced plans to reform the NHS and social care, aiming to cut bureaucracy and learn from the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new proposals will aim to join up health and care services, support recovery from the pandemic by stripping away unnecessary legislative bureaucracy, empowering local leaders and services and tackling health inequalities.
The government said the reforms would build on the NHS’ Long Term Plan proposals and a Bill will be laid in Parliament when parliamentary time allows to carry the proposals into law.
Chief executive of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens said the proposals for legislation ‘go with the grain of what patients and staff across the health service all want to see – more joined-up care, less legal bureaucracy and a sharper focus on prevention, inequality and social care.
SoR Chief Executive Richard Evans said major reorganisations of health and social care carried implications for patients and employees and it would be important to understand the detail of the proposals in the White Paper.
‘The health and social care workforce has shown enormous resilience, dedication and professionalism in response to the pandemic and of course we all continue to rely on each and every member to continue this amazing effort for the foreseeable future.
‘It is good that the innovations and lessons learned during the Coronavirus emergency are reported to be behind some of the changes in the White Paper. We also note that the proposals promise to reduce some of the frustrations and burdens on systems that came as a result of the last reforms in 2012.
‘The SoR will look carefully at the detail in the White Paper and we look forward to the opportunity to comment on behalf of members and the public.’
Key measures in the White Paper, ‘Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all’ include: