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Extra funding ‘needed to help NHS make essential changes to services’

27th July 2015

A new report has indicated that essential changes to the NHS in England will be required to handle changing pressures on the service – and that this will not be possible without extra funding.

The new study from the Health Foundation and The King's Fund noted that changing population needs, combined with a prolonged funding squeeze, have placed the NHS under intense pressure that cannot be addressed without a new way of working.

As such, a single body is needed to oversee the investment for transformative change, with strong, expert leadership that is considered credible to clinicians and managers. This Transformation Fund would need between 1.5 billion and 2.1 billion pounds a year in dedicated funding between now and 2020-21.

It was also underlined that engagement with staff will be key to the success of any such initiatives, making it vital that workers are given the time they need to learn, as well as time away from work – underlining the need for proper resourcing.

Richard Murray, director of policy at The King's Fund, said: "The fundamental task is to get a workforce of more than one million people to work differently … This cannot be done within the existing resources. Dedicated funding is required to deliver the changes needed."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801795602-ADNFCR

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