Infographic: Building the health of the nation

Five priorities for a new government.

21 February 2024

The NHS remains one of the UK’s most valued institutions and its staff are among the most trusted. But a decade of underinvestment – compounded by the impact of the pandemic, rising demand and an ageing population – has left NHS and social care services under extreme pressure. To ensure the health and care system is placed on a sustainable footing, the next  government should prioritise five key areas:

  1. Avoid top-down structural reform in England for the next parliament. Commit to a short-term stabilisation plan during the first 12 months of parliament to help get performance in the English NHS back on track.
  2. Increase NHS capital spending across the UK and reform how the capital regime operates.
  3. Commit to fund and deliver the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan for England, alongside an equivalent plan for social care.
  4. Provide more care closer to home by enabling local health systems to proportionately increase investment into primary care and community-based services, mental health and social care.
  5. Deliver a strategy for national health given that most policy that impacts people’s health is made outside the NHS. The Prime Minister should lead a cross-government national mission for health improvement.

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