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NHS Calls for Political Will From New Government

22 May 2015

More than 50 NHS Confederation members, including our own Executive Chair Andrew Walton, have written to the Prime Minister, urging the government to secure the future of the NHS with the financial backing it requires.

Other signatories of the letter included leaders representing hospitals, mental health trusts, community providers, ambulance trusts, clinical commissioners and other independent sector providers.

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The letter, which you can read in full here, was published in The Times newspaper, and called for the Prime Minister to commit to the principles of the NHS Five Year Forward View, which may mean ‘reconfiguration of services at pace’ and funding for health and social care.

Andrew said,

“I was delighted to be asked to sign the letter on behalf of Connect, and thought it was important to do so. It’s a measure of how far we’ve come as a business over the past few years that we’re in a position to support the NHS Confederation along with other leaders in healthcare in the UK.

As the letter states, we need to be very real about the pressures facing health and social care in the UK over the coming years, and manage them together to create a system that meets the changing needs of the people it serves.

Connect have been investing heavily in the business to ensure we’re in a position to support the future outlined in the Five Year Forward View, and it’s a future we’re excited by.”

The NHS Confederation is a membership body that brings together and speaks on behalf of all organisations that plan, commission and provide NHS services, and their members are drawn from every part of the health and care system.

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