Questions on Health and Social Care Policy

Questions on Health Policy

The Government

  • Pledged to protect the NHS budget and deliver a real increase in NHS funding each year in this Parliament. The social care funding switch means real-terms cuts to the NHS of 0.5% over 4 years.
  • Pledged an end to top-down NHS reorganisations. They’ve broken their promise, with the White Paper changes set to be the biggest reorganisation since the NHS was set up. Estimates put the cost of reorganisation at £3 billion.
  • Is abolishing PCTs and SHAs and handing over commissioning to GP consortia. There will be many times more consortia than PCTs, with consortia able to make varying decisions on which services to provide leading to the formation of a two tier service and wide disparities across the NHS in England.

Questions for discussion

  • Which specialist services are most at risk from the decision to give GPs responsibility for commissioning?
  • Which parts of the Government’s White Paper on the NHS do we support?
  • Cuts to the local government grant of 28% will mean that local authorities will have to cut services. How will the cuts to social care provision impact on adult and children social care services and, how do we develop a baseline to measure the Government’s performance on social care reform?
  • Do we support the Cancer Drugs Fund?
  • Efficiencies need to be made in the NHS – how can these be made?
  • How do we measure the success/failure of GP consortia?
  • How do we develop a sustainable social care model?
  • How do we hold the Government to account in the absence of any solid targets to measure their performance?
  • How do we develop a sustainable long-term care strategy?


  • Jon hawley  On June 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Go back to looking after people the best we can. Acknowledge our short falls and tell people about what we can do and what we cannot.

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