Shelford Group respond to Autumn Statement 2016

The Shelford Group respond to the Autumn Statement 2016.
by Shelford Group
23 Nov 2016

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement for 2016 has made clear how little room for manoeuvre there still is in the public finances. In that context, it was disappointing, but not surprising, that there will be no additional funding for the NHS to cope with the continuing rapid growth in demand for health services.

It had been expected that there may have been additional financial support to alleviate the growing crisis in social care provision, which would have helped to reduce the rising number of delayed transfers of care that are hampering NHS.  However, the Autumn Statement makes clear that there will be no new money for social care either. More positively, we welcome the Government’s intention to invest £2bn p.a. in research and development.

Like many others, we believe it is becoming increasingly urgent for there to be an open national debate about the appropriate level of funding for health and social care to cope with the demand caused by ageing and chronic disease, and to keep the UK at the forefront of technological change.

With current levels of spending we cannot afford to deliver the high quality standards of care across the board to which we aspire as providers and that patients have rightly come to expect.

Our full recommendations prior to the Autumn Statement can be read here

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