The Government Must Heed Today’s Health Select Committee Call for Greater Integration and Community Support

Responding to the Health Select Committee report ‘Public Health Post-2013 – Structures, Organisation, Funding And Delivery Inquiry’, Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation said:

NHS Confederation - Health Select Committee
NHS Confederation

“This inquiry’s focus on a broader national strategy is welcome. It is imperative the Government ensures greater co-ordination between the NHS, public health and social care so that results can be measured collectively, rather than as individual entities. Progress has already been made locally in this key area but now is the time for the Government to match it.

“Our submission to this Health Select Committee inquiry last December expressed serious concerns that a failure to reverse public health and social care cuts would hit NHS plans hard and this is exactly what is starting to happen. The argument that reductions in budgets can be managed by local councils remains flawed, given that local government budgets are reducing significantly.

“It is disappointing that not all Health and Wellbeing Boards are working well, as they should have a crucial role to play but clearly not all of them enjoy the confidence of local leaders.”