The next Labour government will restore the right values to the NHS, making strategic investments in staff, and delivering reforms that will improve services and save billions of pounds. These include integrating care, placing a new emphasis on prevention, and ensuring better access to services - so patients do not end up in hospital unless they need it. Labour is determined to drive out the culture of limiting social care at home for frail, older and vulnerable to just 15 minutes, saying it is a symbol of what has gone wrong in the NHS where failure and false economies threaten the financial future of the service.
Labour’s 10-Year Plan will:
- Invest in staff so the NHS has time to care
- Integrate care from home to hospital
- Give patients’ new rights to access care
- End the neglect of mental health
- Prevent ill-health
- Restore the right values on to the NHS
Launching Labour’s 10-Year Plan for the NHS today, Andy Burnham said that false economies in social care have increased pressure on NHS funding with the number of avoidable hospital admissions soaring last year to a record high of more than half a million - costing the NHS around £1 billion.
- Labour’s plan to integrate services from home to hospital will help end 15-minute care slots through new year-of-care budgets, incentivising providers to improve social care and prevent vulnerable patients falling ill or injuring themselves.
- The next government will create a new arm of the NHS: 5,000 homecare workers within the NHS to help those with the greatest needs, including the terminally ill so they can stay with their family at the end of life, and those who are leaving hospital who need extra help if they are to move back into their homes.
- All vulnerable older people would be offered a safety check to identify risks to their health like cold homes, loneliness and the likelihood of them falling so that problems can be tackled and they avoid unnecessary hospital visits.