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Government embarks on national tour to listen to views on NHS plans

12th April 2011

Health Secretary to hear from voluntary sector staff and nurses in first of series of events

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will next week start a listening tour of England to hear people’s views on the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS.

Last week the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary announced that the Government would be taking time to pause and reflect on the views raised so far, to listen to health professionals and to improve the proposals further before the Bill progresses to the next stage.

Although there is broad support for the principles of reform, the Government has made clear it is keen to take this natural break in the Bill process to listen to views and to make improvements to the changes wherever possible.

In the first of a series of listening events taking place up and down the country in the coming weeks, the Health Secretary will next week hear the views of charities and the voluntary sector, before heading to Liverpool where he will hear from nurses at the Royal College of Nursing annual congress.

The Health Secretary will take part in a seminar with nurses and listen to their views on the Government’s plans.  Mr Lansley, his ministerial team and the NHS Future Forum are keen to hear from a range of frontline health professionals. They will be engaging staff on plans to:

  • Give professionals more power;
  • Give patients more control;
  • Bring together the best providers of healthcare; and
  • Make services more local.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

“It’s time to pause, listen and reflect so we can improve the NHS we all know and love.  I care passionately about the NHS and want to safeguard its future - that is why we are increasing the NHS budget by £11.5 billion.

“But demands are so great that we need to modernise the NHS in order to sustain it for future generations. It must be able to meet the challenges of increasing demand on its services, an ageing population and rising costs of new drugs and treatments.  For example if the NHS was performing at truly world-class levels we would save an extra 5,000 lives from cancer every year.

“We are modernising the NHS to improve our country’s health and save lives. I encourage people to get involved so that we have an NHS is truly world class.”

The views raised around the country will be reflected to the NHS Future Forum - a new group of patient representatives, doctors, nurses and other health professionals that will be brought together to listen and report back to Government. Members of the Forum are due to be announced next week.

Chair of the NHS Future Forum, Professor Steve Field, said:

“This is a genuine chance to make a real difference to the future of the NHS.  The NHS must change to meet the challenges and demands it faces.  Most people have strong views about the NHS and this is a real opportunity for people to have their say and help shape the changes.”

NHS Future Forum member and Chief Executive of ACEVO Sir Stephen Bubb said:
"Charities and social enterprises play a hugely important role in delivering high-quality, efficient NHS services, and a policy of enabling whoever is best-placed to deliver could see them do more, to the immense benefit of NHS patients and taxpayers. We need to seize that opportunity, and leave debates about privatisation where they belong - in the last century."


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lawrence roper

Tuesday 12th April 2011 @ 9:10

I have a very simple idea that would pump millions into the NHS. Have a referendum and ask if we still want all the lottery money to go to 'the arts' or if we would prefer it to go to schools and hospitals.

Sorry 'luvvies' but peoples health and childrens education is a little more important to the serfs.

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