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Wes Streeting: ‘The NHS is broken’

By July 9, 2024No Comments

In a press release, DHSC welcomed the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as he “begins work to fix the broken NHS and ensure it is fit for the future”.

Mr Streeting noted that negotiations with the BMA junior doctor’s committee is set to take place next week in a bid to end sporadic strike action. He warned that the NHS will not be fixed overnight with the Government starting the process of fixing the ongoing crises in the health service.

In separate comments, Mr Streeting has pledged to divert billions of pounds from hospitals to primary care. This aims to ensure all patients in England can see a family doctor.

This policy shift chimes with remarks from NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard, who stated that the priorities for the NHS privately indicated by the new Government: moving more care out of hospital into primary care and community services; better use of technology and data; and boosting prevention by supporting people to stay well, reducing health inequalities and helping people stay in work.

BIVDA welcomes this frank assessment and looks forward to working with Mr Streeting and his department to fix the endemic problems currently facing the NHS.

Ben Kemp