Parliamentary debate: NHS performance and the impact of adult social care pressures
The social care system in England is need of reform and sufficient funding. NHS services rely on a stable and sustainable social care system to function, including enabling people to return home with appropriate support after a period in hospital.
- Demand for services continues to rise at a rate which outstrips the welcome settlement government has provided for the NHS to deliver the long term plan
- Despite trusts working flat out, this means that in the context of workforce challenges, high vacancy rates and a constrained budget, performance against NHS constitutional standards has slipped significantly over the last six years, with many of the standards, including the four hour A&E waiting time target and the 18 week elective care waiting time target, well out of reach.
- Whilst we welcome NHS England/Improvement’s review of the waiting time standards that are set out in the NHS constitution, it is essential that any proposed amendments follow a full engagement period with the health and care sector and the public.