Public Expenditure on Health and Care Services

Public Expenditure on Health and Care Services

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This report states that the values of the NHS will only be reflected in practice if NHS and social care services are 're-imagined'. The care provided by the health and social care system will break down if quicker progress is not made to develop more integrated health and social care services which focus on meeting the needs of individual patients. It is unlikely that public expenditure on health and social care services will increase significantly in the foreseeable future. This means that the only way to sustain or improve present service levels in the NHS will be to focus on a transformation of care through genuine and sustained service integration. There must be a much more joined up approach to commissioning health and care services. On other issues the Health Committee also concludes: measures currently being used to respond to the Nicholson Challenge too often represent short-term fixes rather than the sustainable long-term service transformations; changes in tariff payments within the NHS do not constitute a€™efficiency savings' - they are simply internal transfers; under-spending against budget of money allocated to the NHS has attracted adverse comment and the MPs call for a general review of the operation of Treasury rules; the NHS will not be able to rely on the present rate of paybill savings once the present restraints on public sector pay are relaxed in April 2013The Committee received evidence of significant upward cost pressures on NHS services and ever tighter financial constraints ... disciplines after 2015, focusing on better service delivery through genuine and sustained integration of Serv1CeS.

Title:Public Expenditure on Health and Care Services
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Health Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-03-19


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