Every day the NHS helps people stay healthy, recover from illness and live independent and fulfilling lives.
In 2013, the NHS celebrated its’ 65th birthday. If the NHS is to survive another 65 years, it must change. The NHS knows there is too much unwarranted variation in the quality of care across the country and that at times, they have failed to live up to the high expectations we have of it. They must urgently address these failures, raise performance across the board, and ensure they always deliver a safe, high quality, value-for-money service.
The NHS must place far greater emphasis on keeping people healthy and well in order to lead longer, more illness-free lives: preventing rather than treating illness. They also need to do far more to help those with mental illness and particular communities who experience health inequalities.
NHS England launched a national debate about this in 2013. As part of our commitment to engage with local people about health services, NHS Calderdale CCG asked local people and organisations how they think they can address these issues in our area. We would like to thank everybody that took the time to share their thoughts about how we may be able to address these issues.
You can see what we find out here.