Labour’s NHS blueprint to raise standards of care and ensure the health service is sustainable in the 21st century includes integrating care, placing a new emphasis on prevention, and ensuring better access to services.
Our third election pledge will mean that people do not end up in hospital unless they really need to be there and will ensure that everyone has the care and treatment that is right for them, when and where they need it.
Our 10-year plan will:
- Invest in staff so the NHS has time to care;
- Integrate care from home to hospital – physical, mental and social care;
- Give patients new rights to access care;
- End the neglect of mental health;
- Help prevent ill-health;
- Restore the right values to the NHS.
False economies in social care have increased pressure on the NHS. The number of avoidable hospital admissions soared last year to a record high of more than half a million.
This cost the NHS around £1 billion.
Labour’s plan to integrate services from home to hospital will help end 15-minute care slots through new year-of-care budgets, incentivising providers to improve social care and prevent vulnerable patients falling ill or injuring themselves.
The next Labour government will create a new arm of the NHS, with 5,000 homecare workers to help those with the greatest needs, including those who are leaving hospital who need extra help if they are to move back into their homes.
We will create a specific new route through an apprenticeship and technical degree for young people working as care assistants or healthcare assistants who want to move into nursing or other clinical roles.
All vulnerable older people will be offered a safety check to identify risks to their health like cold homes, loneliness and the likelihood of them falling, so that problems can be tackled and they avoid unnecessary hospital visits.
Our £2.5 billion Time to Care Fund will provide 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs.
We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
You can out more about Labour 10-year plan by reading Andy Burnham’s speech here.