Commenting on today’s Budget Jason Parker, UK Head of Healthcare of KPMG in the UK, said:
“At the time of year that the headlines are focused on winter pressures, it was good to hear the commitment to mental health which has been a poor relation for a long time. Investing in a mental health crisis centre and providing mental health support in A&Es could go a long way to creating the proactive sustainable systems the NHS needs to transform itself into providing care at the point of need; instead of reacting when it’s too late.
“Likewise the additional funding for social care is extremely welcome – local authorities’ financial positions have been deteriorating at a pace for a long time, with many having to eat in to reserves.
“However the biggest questions perhaps remains – those of workforce and technology. There are huge gaps in the NHS workforce as well as funding to bridge skill set gaps and training needs. This is particularly relevant as the NHS has also previously committed to significant spend on new technology. To make this investment, along with today’s announcement worthwhile, a radical reform is needed to the way change is implemented within the NHS; with areas like technology and social care for both the young and the old to be considered in conjunction instead of in silo as separate problems.”
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