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NHS Confederation comments on King's Fund quarterly monitoring report

Mike Farrar says we need to look beyond short term solutions and examine how we can transform the way we deliver care so that it delivers the best outcomes for patients in a way that is fully sustainable in the long term. Mike Farrar, NHS Confederation chief executive, said:

"The findings of this survey reinforce what our members have been telling us for some time. Despite huge efforts to maintain standards of care and finances, NHS leaders are increasingly concerned about the pressures mounting on their organisations and the knock on impact of reductions in funding for local government services.

"The findings of the Francis inquiry reinforce the fact that we must keep the focus on patients first and foremost. We need to look beyond short term solutions that balance the books and examine how we can transform the way we deliver care so that it provides the best outcomes for people, in a way that is fully sustainable in the long term.

"Unless we start doing this now, we will continue to battle with growing financial pressures, putting strain on our ability to maintain standards of care.

"The problems we face cannot be resolved by looking at one organisation in isolation. For sustainable effective change, we must take the bull by the horns and produce whole-system solutions across the wider care system."

Notes to Editors

The NHS Confederation represents all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole of the NHS. We help the NHS to guarantee high standards of care for patients and best value for taxpayers by representing our members and working together with our health and social care partners.

We make sense of the whole health system, influence health policy and deliver industry-wide support functions for the NHS.

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