Hospital stays to be reduced29th December 2011
The NHS Confederation has warned that medical care needs to shift away from hospitals and more into the community.
It believes a quarter of patients would be better off being treated by NHS staff at home at a time that the NHS is trying to make £20bn in efficiency savings by 2015.
The head of the NHS Confederation, Mike Farrar said: “Hospitals play a vital role but we do rely on them for some services which could be provided elsewhere.
“We should be concentrating on reducing hospital stays where this is right for patients, shifting resources into community services, raising standards of general practice, and promoting early intervention and self-care.
“There is a value-for-money argument for doing this, but it is not just about money and the public need to be told that - this is about building an NHS for the future.”
In his New Year message, Mr Farrar said hospital care had become the default position and that primary and community healthcare services had sometimes been under-funded.
Health Minister Simon Burns said: “Modernising the NHS will both safeguard the future of our health service, and will deliver a world-class service that puts patients at the heart of everything it does.”
Meanwhile, the chair of the independent NHS Future Forum, Steve Field, said the hospital-based system needed developing into a more preventative, community-based system.
Shadow health minister Liz Kendall said the NHS Confederation was right to say such a change would require real leadership from the NHS and politicians but questioned whether the government could provide it.
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Title: Hospital stays to be reduced
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20670
Date Added: 29th Dec 2011