Treasury urged to ring-fence funding for transformation

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The NHS Confederation has called on the Treasury to guarantee that additional funding earmarked for 2017 will be ring-fenced for transforming services, urging the department to ensure it is not spent on ‘business as usual’. 

Such a move, which would shore up investment in sustainability and transformations plans, would support the push to transform services and distinguish between investing in the Five Year Forward View and sustaining current services, the organisation argues.

“We need a clear commitment from this government to transform health and care, which includes ensuring additional funding for the NHS is used to do things differently. 

“If not, issues of NHS sustainability will continue to go unaddressed and the challenge of meeting and reducing people’s need for medical care will be even more difficult within an even more expensive NHS,” the organisation warns.

Easing pressure, limiting the burden

The call comes as part of a four-pronged strategy, put forward by the Confederation in its Autumn Statement representation, to restore the NHS and wider social care system’s ‘fighting chance’ of transforming and sustaining services. 

Other measures advocated by the organisation on behalf of its members include:

  • enabling resources to be available for one-off investment in buildings and equipment from next year, by offering routes to greater public and private capital spending
  • bringing NHS and social care funding in line by carrying forward money already committed and releasing £1.5bn of Better Care Fund money immediately
  • stopping cuts to public health and deliver adequate investment in prevention for the next four years.
“We believe these [actions] will ease the financial pressure on the NHS, while limiting the burden on public services funding as a whole” the nine-page document states, calling on the government to include them in the Autumn Statement, expected on 23 November.

The representation forms part of the Confederation’s continued work to secure a sustainable funding settlement for the health and care sector.

It builds on last year's submission to the Treasury which called for the Five Year Forward View to be funded in full; for social care to be appropriately resourced; for care to be enabled to better align; and for the transformation of the NHS workforce.

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