The King's Fund responds to the Labour Party's manifesto
Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘We welcome the commitment to extra funding for the NHS and social care, which will go some way to addressing the pressures facing the NHS and reversing the decline in social care services for older people and people with disabilities. But investment needs to go alongside reform to develop new and better ways of delivering care, rather than protecting outdated services.
‘The proposal to halt sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) risks holding back essential changes to services. Labour are right that there has so far not been nearly enough engagement with the public and patients and this needs to happen, but where the case for change has been made politicians should not stand in the way.
‘In the long term, spending on health and social care will need to increase as a share of GDP to meet rising demand for services and bring us into line with spending in other countries such as France and Germany.’
Notes to editors:
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.
For further information, or to request an interview, please contact the Press and Public Affairs team on 020 7307 2585 (if calling out of hours, please ring 07584 146035).
Latest News from
IFS - Student finance reforms which reduce graduate debt levels typically benefit high earning graduates the most21/11/2017 13:35:00
In October, alongside a significant change to the threshold at which student loans are repaid, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced an inquiry into the student loan system.
IFG - Government biased against public borrowing to pay for infrastructure21/11/2017 12:35:00
The Government is using private sector money to keep infrastructure spending ‘off balance sheet’ – even where this appears to be poor value, argues a new report.
Chancellor should save not splurge in tomorrow’s Budget21/11/2017 11:35:00
IEA release briefing ahead of the Budget 2017
The King's Fund responds to the government's announcement on the social care Green Paper21/11/2017 10:35:00
Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow for Social Care at The King’s Fund, said: ‘Although it has been some time coming, it is significant that the government has confirmed that there will be Green Paper that will set out proposals for a long-term solution for social care. But ultimately, the Green Paper will only be meaningful if it results in a fundamental reform to the social care system. This is a challenge that previous governments have ducked and it is vital this government has the courage to deliver real change.
Policy Exchange - ‘Without sound finance, you cannot have a strong economy with which to fund public services’ – the moral the Chancellor should choose for his Budget21/11/2017 09:35:00
As the Chancellor prepares his Autumn Budget he is under pressure to ease the restraint on public spending, particularly on areas such as health and housing. After all, the budget deficit has fallen from a peak of 10% of GDP at the time of the great recession in 2008/9 to around 3% now. It might therefore be tempting to heed the siren voices calling for vast increases in borrowing – but the Chancellor should be careful before abandoning fiscal responsibility.