OUR National Health Service (NHS) is the country’s greatest asset. It is there for us when we need it most, providing care to us all, free at the point of use and based on need, not on ability to pay. That’s why we need to protect it, for today and for future generations.
That can’t be done without listening to the people who rely on it every day. That’s why the Government is taking the time to pause, listen, reflect and improve plans to strengthen the NHS.
Over the next few months, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will be meeting with NHS staff and patients across the country to engage in conversations about our plans to modernise the NHS, and what our plans mean for them.
Under Labour, the number of managers in the NHS doubled, productivity in hospitals plummeted, and doctors and nurses were tied up in bloated bureaucracy.
Progress is already being made. The NHS is already benefitting from our cuts in administration costs and back-office efficiencies have enabled more to be spent on frontline services. Since May, the number of managers in the NHS has been cut by 3,000, and the number of doctors has increased by 2,500.
At the same time, we are making the necessary investment to give people better care right now. Through our Cancer Drugs Fund, through better transparency on hospital performance, and through more health visitors, patients are already getting improved care.
To get involved and send your thoughts, just go to the Government’s website - www.dh.gov.uk/healthandcare.