Reforming health and social care

Today the government launched a blueprint for NHS and social care reform after the pandemic, cutting bureaucracy and creating a better integrated healthcare system which will help to level up the nation’s health and build back better from the pandemic.

  • The aim is to embed lessons learned during the pandemic and bring health and care services closer together to improve care, tackle health inequalities and build back better.
  • That is why the government has today published a White Paper setting out measures that will make integrated care the default, reduce bureaucracy, improve accountability, and better support social care, public health, and the NHS. The reforms will also establish technology as a better platform to support staff and patients.
  • Starting the process of consultation leading to reform now will make permanent some of the changes where Covid has forced the system to find new and better ways of working, and clear the path for improvements into the next decade. These will include delivering on our manifesto commitments such as a net increase of 50,000 more nurses (32,000 new recruits and 18,000 by improved retention) and 40 new hospital building projects including several in Cumbria such as phase 2 of the West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment.


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