Finances, targets, and workforce are on NHS agenda for next parliament, hears meeting

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 21 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2804
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Tackling the black hole in the NHS’s finances, relaxing targets, and building an NHS workforce to meet the needs of the population are likely to feature strongly in discussions concerning the NHS in the next few years, participants at a debate on the priorities in the coming parliament have heard.

However, a major NHS reorganisation is unlikely, and competition in the NHS seems to be taking a backseat, heard doctors, commissioners, policy makers, and managers at the debate organised by the health think tank the King’s Fund on Thursday 21 May.

That Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed as health secretary for England will provide continuity for the NHS, said Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, the membership organisation for public providers of NHS services. And with the prospect of no major legislative changes for the NHS in the Queen’s speech …

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