Statement to Parliament: Secretary of State’s oral statement on the NHS Long Term Plan

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement about the NHS Long Term Plan.The plan sets out how we will guarantee the NHS for the future. It describes how we will use the largest funding settlement in the history of the NHS to strengthen it over the next decade, rising to the challenges of today and seizing the opportunities of the future.It’s worth taking a moment to reflect on when the NHS was first proposed from this dispatch box by Churchill’s Government in 1944.When even after the perils of war, infant mortality was nearly 10 times now, when two-thirds of men smoked and life expectancy was just 66.Ten years before we knew the structure of DNA, 4 decades before the first MRI.The NHS has throughout its history led the world. But one constant has been that core principle set out by the national government – that the NHS should be available to all, free at the point of use, according to need, not ability to pay.Mr Speaker, as last year’s 70th anniversary celebrations proved, the NHS is one of our proudest achievements.We all have an emotional connection to it, our own family story, and we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the people who make the NHS what it is, and work so hard, especially during the winter months when the pressures are greatest.Because we value the NHS so much, the new £20.5 billion funding settlement announced by the Prime Minister in June provides the NHS with funding growth of 3.4% a year in real terms over the next 5 years.This means the NHS’s budget will increase in cash terms by £33.9 billion, rising from £115 billion this year to: This rise of over , over £1 billion more in cash terms than proposed in June, delivers on our commitment to the NHS and will safeguard the NHS for the long term.This will help address today’s challenges. The NHS is facing unprecedented levels of demand. Every day, the NHS treats over 1 million people.Last year, NHS staff carried out 2 million more operations and saw over 11 million more outpatients compared to 2010.Despite record demand, performance was better this December than last.As well as addressing today’s challenges, the NHS Long Term Plan sets the NHS up to seize the opportunities of the future.At the heart of this plan is the principle that prevention is better than cure.In the future, the NHS will do much more to support people to stay healthy, rather than just treat them when ill.So, first, the biggest increase in funding – at least £4.5 billion – will go to primary and community care, because GPs are the bedrock of the NHS.That means patients will have improved access to their GPs and greater flexibility about how they contact them.Better use of community pharmacists, better access to physiotherapists, and improving the availability of fast and appropriate care to help communities keep people out of hospital altogether.Next, the principle is that organisations across the NHS, local councils, innovators, and the voluntary sector, will all work more closely together so that they can focus on what patients need.Next, there will be a renewed clampdown on waste so we can ensure every penny of the extra money goes towards improving services and giving taxpayers the best possible return.Mr Speaker, ultimately staff are the heart of the NHS – the people who work in the NHS. And the Long Term Plan commits to major reforms to improve working conditions for NHS staff, because morale matters.Staff will receive better training and more help with career progression. They will have greater flexibility in their work, be supported by the latest technology that works for them, and be helped more with their own mental health and wellbeing.This already happens in the best parts of the NHS and there’s been a huge amount of work to support the people who work in the NHS. But I want to see it happen evrywhere.We will bring in training, mentoring and support to develop better leadership in the NHS at all levels.We will build on work already going on to recruit, train and retain more staff so we can address critical staff shortages.The plan published today is the next step in our mission to make the NHS a world-class employer and deliver the workforce the NHS needs.To deliver on these commitments, I have asked Baroness Dido Harding to chair a rapid programme of work, which will engage with staff, employers, professional organisations, trade unions, think tanks and others to build a workforce implementation plan that puts NHS people at the heart of NHS policy and delivery.Baroness Harding will provide interim recommendations to me by the end of March on how the challenges of supply, reform, culture and leadership can be met, and final recommendations later in the year as part of the broader Implementation Plan that will be developed at all levels to make the Long Term Plan a reality.Mr Speaker, that is the approach we will be taking to support the NHS over the next decade, but what does it mean for patients and the wider public?It means patients receiving high-quality care closer to home.Supporting our growing elderly population to stay healthy and independent for longer.More personalised care, more social prescribing, empowering people to take greater control and responsibility over their own health through prevention, and personal health budgets.It means access to new digital services to bring the NHS into the 21st century.More support for mothers by improving maternity services, more support for parents and carers in the early years of a child’s life so we can be the best place in the world – and this country can be the best place to be born, in every sense.We will improve how the NHS cares for children and young people with learning disabilities and autism by ending inappropriate hospitalisation, reducing over-medicalisation, and providing quality care in the community.The NHS will tackle unacceptable health inequalities by targeting support towards the most vulnerable in areas of high deprivation.And to help make a reality of the goal of parity of esteem between mental and physical health, we are going to increase mental health service budgets not by £2 billion, but £2.3 billion a year.For the first time ever, we will introduce waiting time targets for community mental health so that people get the treatment they need when they need it.And we will expand services for young people to include people up to the age of 25.Mr Speaker, the Long Term Plan focuses on the most common causes of mortality, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease.The health service will take a more active role in helping people to cut their risk factors: stopping smoking, losing weight and reducing alcohol intake.The NHS will improve the quality and speed of diagnosis and improve treatment and recovery so we can help people to live well and manage their conditions.And we will upgrade urgent care so people can get the right care more quickly.All in all, Mr Speaker, the NHS Long Term Plan has been drawn up by the NHS: by over 2,500 doctors, clinicians, staff, and patients.It will continue to be shaped and refined by staff and patients through an implementation plan framework in the spring, with events and activities across the country to help people understand what it means for them and their local NHS services.The experts who wrote the plan say it will lead to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases prevented, 55,000 more people surviving cancer each year – in all, half a million lives saved over the next ten years. Funded by taxpayers, designed by doctors, delivered by this government.It’s an important moment in the history of the NHS.Our Long Term Plan will ensure the NHS continues to be there, free at the point of use, based on clinical need, not ability to pay, better resourced with more staff.Newer technology with new priorities, fit for the future, so it is always there, in our hour of need.And I am proud to commend this statement to the House. £121 billion next year £127 billion in 2020 to 2021 £133 billion in 2021 to 2022 £140 billion in 2022 to 2023 and then £148 billion in 2023 to 2024last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame

first_img Published on January 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Syracuse continues to look lost on the road, as No. 15 Notre Dame (17-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) ran away with a 84-66 win over SU (11-9, 3-4 ACC) in an afternoon tilt on Saturday in the Purcell Pavilion.Here are three quick takeaways from the bout.Stuck in placeAs much as it has all season, Syracuse struggled to move the ball within its offense. SU dished a season-low seven assists in the loss, beating out the previous season-worst performances against South Carolina, Wisconsin and Connecticut (nine assists each). The Orange finished the first half with only two helpers, the first not coming until 2:22 remained in the first half.Tyler Lydon finished the first half with a team-high 12 points, most of which he spent posting up against UND’s frontcourt. When Lydon did get the ball in his hands, he was very effective. But far too often, the Orange struggled to make that entry pass. Syracuse was pegged for eight first-half turnovers, a number that doesn’t reflect the several tipped passes targeted at Lydon that were whisked out of bounds by the Fighting Irish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second half began with a nifty dish from John Gillon to Lydon underneath the hoop, which he finished with a two-hand flush. But the narrative never really changed. Poor decisions with the ball, such as Gillon heaving a full-court inbound pass to Battle that nearly carried the freshman out of bounds, haunted the Orange to the buzzer.All aloneGiven that SU struggled to move the ball, it tried for plenty of open looks at the start of possessions. That strategy sunk Syracuse to a 23 percent shooting clip midway through the first half before the visitors rebounded to shoot 46.4 percent in the second stanza. Lydon finished with a team-high 24 points and was again the Orange’s leading man on offense.Outside of Lydon, there wasn’t much to say about the supporting cast. In successive first-half possessions, Tyus Battle missed a breakaway layup, Tyler Roberson missed an open dunk and Battle missed a clean look from 3. The crux of Syracuse’s season-long struggle has been defense. That was part of the issue on Saturday, but Syracuse’s shooters couldn’t convert on many of their best looks all afternoon.A quiet returnAs Notre Dame looked poised to run away with the game early, SU head coach Jim Boeheim did something he’s done only once since conference play began: call on Dajuan Coleman. The veteran big man recorded his first minutes since playing only seconds against Miami on Jan. 4. Boeheim previously said Coleman’s knees have kept him out off the court, but he looked to be moving OK on Saturday.He finished the game with seven rebounds in 23 minutes. It was his first game with double-digit minutes since Syracuse’s 33-point loss to St John’s on Dec. 21. Coleman looked much better on the boards than he did with the ball in his hands. He was hesitant early, dishing several passes that were tipped by Notre Dame defenders, but improved as the game went on.Highlighting his five-point game was a clean dunk with just over seven minutes left in the game. But with Syracuse facing a 15-point deficit at the time, it didn’t leave any imprint on the final score. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Poor Economic Policy’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, has again criticized President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the poor economic governance of the state.Addressing hundreds of workers at a May Day rally Thursday, May 1, the MPC stalwart blamed Madam Sirleaf and the Unity Party for presiding over a nation with growth but no development.Sadly, Freeman termed Liberia, the nation of his birth, “a Wild-Wild West, a gangster’s paradise and a looter’s haven.”He noted that the society has shifted from a state of equal opportunity for all to a state where only those with access to state resources benefit.Freeman: “Those that don’t have access to the existing power are damned. When it is your time, get, grab, hire your family or children; attract international attention, mortgage national resources, pay lip service to press freedom, economically suppress and deprive your people, expose them to limited education, provide poor health facilities, spend more on security and dare people to revolt against your style of governance.“Those who have studied history or have been avid observers of the events of history know all too well that man will always dare to dominate man. It is not the domination of one man by another that is the issue; but the refusal of one man to be dominated by another; the unwillingness of one man or a group of persons to be subjected to slavery and economic deprivation and the reluctance of a people to live in hopelessness, want and poor sanitary conditions.“Man and his beliefs are inseparable. A man would rather sacrifice his life for the things he believes. It is for this cause that people sacrificed their lives for some of the very things we enjoy today. It does appear to me, though, that Liberians love hopelessness, poverty and depravation. We cannot live in so grave a time and period, when hopelessness abound and remain silent. It appears to me, we prefer to die with hopelessness but live in silence. If we truly believe in the economic liberation of our people, the redemption of all Liberians from hopelessness and depravation, the right of our people to have access to employment opportunities and the right to raise their children in the way they please, then I share with you the need for the – struggle to continue – in the face of the same challenges that compelled some of us belong to progressive movements in Liberia’s recent past.”Freeman, who contested last Presidential Elections and lost to Madam Johnson Sirleaf, said he shares the anger of many young Liberians, who are always denied state resources.No Liberian is better than the other, the MPC political leader said. He continued “Yesterday, we stood against nepotism, rampant corruption, lack of access to opportunities, domination of one group of Liberians over the other group of Liberians. We stood against those vices yesterday as we do today. Our values have not changed, though some of the leaders of the progressive movement misunderstood our support for the movement to mean support for the opportunity to collect global awards and replacing previous acts of nepotism with their own interpretation of nepotism.“We stand against rampant corruption today as we did yesterday. Acts of rampant corruption deprive thousands of Liberians access to electricity, water, quality education, good health facilities, road networks and life’s basic necessities,” Freeman asserted.He made the statement yesterday in Monrovia when delivering the keynote address at the celebration of World Labour Day.Organized by Liberia Labour Congress (LLC), the event brought together scores of workers from across the country, including members of the United Nations.With a single message to employers in Liberia, LLC said: “Making Liberian workers decent people” is the way for improving the livelihood of workers within the 73 districts of our country. The formal and informal sectors grow the country’s economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more