Via NHS England, The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action:

NHS England has today called on the public, NHS staff and politicians to have an open and honest debate about the future shape of the NHS in order to meet rising demand, introduce new technology and meet the expectations of its patients. This is set against a backdrop of flat funding which, if services continue to be delivered in the same way as now, will result in a funding gap which could grow to £30bn between 2013/14 to 2020/21.

Read more of this important context to tomorrow’s Bucks Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee meeting, here. It raises many issues to which I will return over the weeks and months ahead.

Next week, I’ll be once again chairing a meeting with MPs and Sir Bruce Keogh as he reports on hospitals with high mortality. I will also host a Conservative Public Services Policy Committee event on NHS Productivity.

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