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19th November 2012
The new NHS Mandate focuses on the areas that matter most to people
Last Wednesday was a historic day for the National Health Service in England.
The Department of Health published the first ever national Mandate for the NHS, setting out objectives and highlighting the areas of health and care where the Government expects to see improvements:
Providing safe care
Making sure people experience better care
Managing ongoing, long term health conditions
Helping people live longer
Helping people recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
The Healthier Together programme has been running since February and it is encouraging to see that so much of this new Mandate relates directly to what we want to achieve.
When we set out our case for change at the start of the year we talked about the challenges we faced as a result of our ageing population, the rising cost of treatments and the increasing number of us with long-term, often multiple conditions. We also talked about how all this was happening against a backdrop of financial and economic pressures on the NHS.
Nonetheless, we knew that it was vital that our local hospitals and our community care services responded and focused on delivering the best possible care, in the right place.
For example, we want to offer better care for women during pregnancy, a wider range of options for childbirth and personalised care through the postnatal period; and we want to prevent premature deaths from the biggest killers, including heart disease, liver disease, respiratory conditions and cancer.
Our ambition from the outset has been to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health services provided to the 1.6m residents living in the South East Midlands area.
To do this will require changes but the new NHS Mandate endorses our ambition and tells us we are very much on the right path.
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
Our recommendations will be based on clinical evidence and local need