The Bevan Commission, Wales’ leading think tank for health and care, has provided the following response to the announcement for extra funding for the NHS.
Helen Howson, Director, Bevan Commission says: “The Bevan Commission welcomes the announcement from the UK Government of extra funding for the NHS, which may in turn result in a £1.2 billion boost for health and care system here in Wales. As the NHS turns 70 this year, it is more important now than ever to recognise that addressing the challenges of the future – from workforce planning to harnessing emerging technologies – requires more than just cold, hard cash. Any extra funding needs to be prudently invested so that everyone takes responsibility for good health and care, using the skills of our communities to best effect to achieve a step change in the health of the people of Wales.
We would like to see the potential £1.2bn boost ring-fenced for health, care and wellbeing, delivering integrated services based upon the needs of current and future generations in Wales, in line with the Welsh Government’s long-term plan.
Any announcement of extra funding is always welcome, but we must also focus on how we can use this funding to make the health and care system sustainable and fit for the future. This means driving forward the necessary transformational change needed to develop a seamless service and innovating new roles and ways of working. A prudent approach would also safeguard the health and wellbeing of communities in preventing ill health.”