In response to to the final report from the Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS, Dr Amanda Doyle co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners and clinical chief officer of Blackpool CCG said:
“Today’s report from the Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS resonates with what we are hearing from our member clinical commissioning groups and echoes much of the evidence that we gave on their behalf.
“As the Committee recognises, the continued focus on short-term solutions will not deliver a sustainable health system able to cope with the demands placed on it. Only true transformation with a significant reduction in expensive hospital activity and focus on prevention combined with a coherent long-term national workforce strategy will do that. We welcomed last week’s Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View which aims to drive forward the transformation agenda – it is important now that we work together across the system to make sure its vision translates into reality.
“As part of this, and as again raised in the report from the House of Lords Committee today we still need a national conversation about what the NHS can reasonably be expected to deliver. This is something which we wholly support and have called for on a number of occasions, most recently in the context of our work identifying medicines and other items of low clinical value that we should not be spending the NHS pound on as it can be better used on priority areas including primary care and mental health.”