The new NHS Five Year Forward View has been published which sets out a vision for the future of the NHS.
Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Hospice UK, commented:
“The NHS Five Year Forward View sets out an unflinching view of how the health service needs to change if it is to meet the considerable challenges it faces.
“We welcome in particular its recommendation for stronger partnerships between the NHS and voluntary sector organisations. As the report recognises, more joint working can have much wider impact, well beyond what statutory services alone can achieve, and also makes better financial sense given current pressures on resources. Our own research has shown that commissioning and contracting arrangements between hospices and the NHS are patchy at best, with wide variations and increasing complexity.
“It is disappointing that improving end of life care was not recognised in the report as one of the ways to deliver a more flexible and responsive health care system in England. Charitable hospices have a great deal to offer in helping deliver better care that meets people’s preferences and which helps reduce pressure on the acute system.”
About Hospice UK
Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
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