Today the Times announced it has set up a new commission to consider the future of health and social care in England in the light of the pandemic, the growing pressure on budgets, the A&E crisis and rising waiting lists.
The Commission will draw up recommendations for reform in the following ten areas:
- the funding model for health and social care
- GPs and pharmacists
- hospitals, waiting lists and maternity provision
- social care
- workforce — including recruitment, retention and training
- mental health
- the role of new technology
- health inequalities.
Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:
“We welcome the new Times Health Commission. The current crisis facing the NHS has touched everyone. With the ever-increasing pressures, it is vital we look at new ways we can improve and adapt services, so patients can get the care they need, when they need it.
“We are delighted that the Commission recognises mental health in its focus, which needs to be at the heart of any improvement to health and social care across the country. Treating and supporting people with mental illness earlier, improves outcomes for patients and reduces pressure on beds and in A&E.
“This Commission offers an exciting opportunity to develop new solutions, and we look forward to engaging with them as they work on their recommendations."