Health and Social Care
NHS and social care issues are at the centre of the debate about the country’s future. Policy Exchange’s revitalised Health and Social Care Unit will focus on three great healthcare challenges as part of its Build Back Better Programme. First, with more investment going into our NHS, how do we ensure the new money delivers for patients, families and staff? Second, how do we fix our social care system to support our ageing population? Policy Exchange’s report ’21st century social care’ provides an affordable solution that provides dignity and security to those needing care. Finally, how can we move our healthcare system to a more preventative model of care post-COVID through the use of new technology and innovation, and ensure that new facilities and hospitals are fit for purpose for the decades ahead? Healthcare is changing fast; this work programme looks at how our health and social care system can continue to change to meet the needs of the population.
In the context of the government’s plans to build 40 new hospitals, Policy Exchange is launching a call for evidence to inform a major piece of research into how we should build the next generation of hospitals. Drawing upon the experiences of the NHS in responding to Covid-19, we will explore whether the Government’s new building programme could potentially mark the most comprehensive reform of hospital building in England since the 1960s.
The coronavirus crisis proves the artificiality of the funding divide between the NHS and social care, says a new Policy Exchange research note. The paper is authored by Richard Sloggett, Policy Exchange’s Health and Social Care Lead – until recently Special Adviser to Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary.
The paper – Ending the divide – argues that the Government’s recent promises on social care – cross-party talks and a manifesto pledge that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it – must now be strengthened.
Following an election that was as much about the NHS as it was about Brexit, recruiting more doctors and nurses should be one of the Government’s top priorities, according to new polling conducted for Policy Exchange, which shows that:
42% of voters cited a shortage of doctors and nurses as one of their three biggest concerns for the NHS and 61% want investment in these professionals prioritised by the Conservatives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked fundamental questions about our health and social care system. Is the current NHS accountability structure the right one for responding to global pandemics? What is the most effective way of protecting and funding those requiring social care? How can we lock in the technological gains from the pandemic? And how should we build hospitals that better serve the needs of the UK population in the 21st century?
Hospital and doctors’ leaders have intervened in the election campaign to call for an evidence based debate on the NHS issues that really matter rather than slogans, jibes and spin. Their calls are unfortunately likely to fall on deaf ears.
Analysis for Policy Exchange of the public Ipsos Mori Issues Index reveals the importance of the NHS in deciding general elections. A look back through the last six elections (1997-2017) at the role of the NHS in determining the outcome sees three trends emerge…