KPMG's Head of UK Healthcare, Andrew Hine comments on the NHS' new plan for local variation and clarity throughout the country with substantial financial challenges to face over the next few years.
In response to the launch of the new NHS Forward View, Andrew Hine, KPMG’s Head of UK Healthcare, welcomes the encouragement of local variation and clarity provided, rather than the historic one size fits all approach.
He says: “The NHS Forward View sets a really important vision for the future of the NHS. It is focused in exactly the right direction, but achieving success will be extremely hard.
“The key question of how to improve care for a growing, and ageing, population without overwhelming hospitals, is dealt with very clearly. No one model of services is perfect in every part of the country, and the plan rightly describes the benefit of doing different things in different places. If the NHS can develop in this way its, patients will be the winners.
“The financial challenges now and in the next few years are substantial. The NHS is seeking a huge funding increase, and it certainly needs it, given rising costs and demands. But it also needs a massive increase in productivity and efficiency.
“The vision set out today is mainly about “doing better things” by treating people differently outside hospital. That is essential and exciting. But the NHS also has to “do things better” by being more productive, and there is still more to be done there. Achieving this will only be possible if politicians, clinicians, managers and all staff work jointly on this challenge in a way they have never done before.”
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