Niall Dickson: More trusts in financial special measures highlights risk of care plans derailing

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Niall Dickson

Responding to NHS Improvement’s announcement that three more trusts have been put in financial special measures, Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:

“This is yet more evidence that NHS organisations are working flat-out to sustain their services but that finances are incredibly tight. There is a real danger that vital efforts to transform care and make it more sustainable will be derailed because it takes all our effort to maintain current care and balance the books.

“In the Budget the Government showed it is listening to calls for more support for transformation and, crucially, for social care - however financial pressure remains extreme.

“There is now a growing recognition that money alone will not solve the problem and that the health and care system needs to be redesigned, as it is not fit-for-purpose and it is time we all admitted it.”

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