Diagnosis Critical – launching an inquiry into health and social care in England

This paper sets out the challenges facing health and social care provision in England to raise the ambition of the current policy and funding debate. Whilst many recognise the degree of financial pressures on the system, the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) argues that we need to do more than plug a short-term funding gap. We need to rethink the design, delivery and financing arrangements of the NHS and social care to meet the needs of our changing population. Anything short of a system overhaul will result in a continued decline in the quality of care.

This document marks the start of CPP’s 12-month programme of data-led research and deliberative public and professional engagement. Guided by an authoritative group of clinical and non-clinical advisors, we will consider all options needed to create a truly sustainable, high quality system of health and social care for the future. As the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, CPP will examine how we can ensure it lasts at least another seven decades as the central pillar of our welfare state.

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