The NHS recently celebrated its 70th birthday, but if it is to last for another seventy years and beyond, the system needs genuine expansion, investment and rejuvenation. A further key element of the urgent updating the NHS needs is for it to adopt more modern, integrated ways of working that take advantage of the cost and efficiency benefits that co-locating services can bring as well as the ability of innovative medtech firms to deliver services more efficiently and effectively to help usher in a new, more integrated health and care environment.
The words ‘care’ and ‘crisis’ have become synonymous with the NHS in recent years. An ageing, growing and increasingly sickly population is being served by an NHS without the capacity to treat it. Budgets are starved, and resources are dwindling; care is fractured, solitary and uncoordinated.
Compounded by cuts to council and social care budgets, the UK’s health system at both a national and local level is faltering and unable to deal with the range of complex health issues patients are currently facing, as well as significant variations in response times, treatment quality and communication levels between institutions.
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