26 / 09 / 2017
The next five years will demand more from the NHS than at any point in its history.
Challenges in workforce, funding, transformation and mental health have been added to by uncertainty over Brexit negotiations, and in particular the UK’s status as a hub of medical research and the future of staff from the EU working in the UK.
Alongside this, in the last few years the UK has seen the largest growth in population since 1945 and significant growth in demand for health and care services from a rapidly ageing population. Yet funding growth during this period has been lower than at any time since the service was founded.
In spite of record demand, the National Health Service has coped and, throughout the UK, has continued to provide good care to millions. But the strains are also evident.
The NHS is gradually becoming unsustainable. Unless action is taken now, pressures will grow and patients will suffer.
This briefing outlines the extent of the challenges facing the NHS and how MPs and Peers can support the health service at national and local level.