New PM must solve social care crisis, boost capital spending and reform NHS pensions, says NHS Confederation

Niall Dickson

Responding to the announcement of Boris Johnson as the next Prime Minister, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

“The new Prime Minister has promised to tackle the social care crisis in England – this is urgent and we look forward to engaging with him and his team to achieve that.

“He has also indicated that he will deal with the NHS pension debacle which increasingly means doctors are unable to do extra shifts and worse many are choosing to quit. Again, action needs to be taken now.

“On Brexit, we are anxious to make sure we achieve a deal which protects patients both in the UK and across Europe and, even if there is no comprehensive deal, we need guarantees from both sides that patients will not be put at risk and that there will be a transition period
to make sure they are protected. Nothing less is acceptable.

“We are keen that the new Prime Minister supports the NHS Long Term Plan for England which sets the right direction of travel. But for it to work, this Government needs to complete the unfinished business of funding capital spending, training budgets, public health and social care.”

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