A picture of health – trusts unveil vision for 'next generation' NHS

28 February 2024

Trust leaders have urged politicians to "rally round the next generation NHS" ahead of a general election.

A picture of health: delivering the next generation NHS sets out a vision of how government and health services can work together to maximise the social and economic value of the NHS.

NHS Providers sets out five priorities:

The pre-election plan shows how hospital, mental health, community and ambulance trusts have a vital role to play in joined-up action with government to create "a healthy, equitable and productive society for years to come".

NHS spending is good for the economy and regional growth. Every £1 spent on healthcare returns £4 in increased productivity and employment.

Sir Julian Hartley, chief executive, NHS Providers, said:

"As a general election approaches we urge politicians to rally round our 'next generation' NHS. We need an NHS fit for the future with patients and communities at the centre of every conversation.

"A healthy economy relies on a healthy population. The NHS is the keystone in the nation's health and can help to drive national productivity.

"The government and the NHS must work hand in hand to create the picture of health we all want to see."