Health and social care secretary puts reform agenda on the road

  • Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid will tour England this week
  • From Somerset to Stockton-on-Tees, tours will focus on recovering from COVID-19, reforming the NHS and social care, tackling disparities and improving the nation’s health
  • He will visit a range of health and care facilities to hear from staff and patients to inform future policy

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid will be on the ‘road to recovery’ this week on a cross-country tour where he will visit hospitals, care homes, cancer centers and facilities cutting-edge research to engage those who are most integral to its ambitious reform and recovery agenda.

Kicking off on Monday February 14, its first stop will be the East of England. His tour will take him to the North West and West Midlands, North East, South West and South East and London.

Along the way, he will visit nursing homes, community diagnostic centers, vaccination centers and medical offices. He will meet community emergency response teams and visit a number of hospital sites to see and hear first-hand the life-saving treatments being given and cutting-edge technology within the NHS.

The tour is an opportunity for the Health and Social Care Secretary to hear from the dedicated health and care staff across the country who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. As the country learns to live with COVID-19, this is an opportunity to discuss the government’s plans for a health and care service that not only meets people’s needs today, but also future needs. . Each day he will host question and answer sessions with members of the public to listen and better understand their experiences of the NHS, public health and social care.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

As we learn to live with COVID, my mission is clear. We must tackle the backlog of people waiting for treatment, bring the NHS and social care services closer together and tackle the gross inequalities and improve the nation’s health.

Nurses, doctors, GPs, vaccinators, porters and so many more have gone all out to care for patients and families throughout this pandemic, and that’s why I wanted to personally thank them.

This week I want to hear directly from staff, patients, residents and local people about their experiences of the health and care systems and discuss my plans for the NHS and social care recovery and reform.

Building on the phenomenal work of the NHS in rolling out the vaccine, which has been crucial in enabling the UK to open up and start learning to live with COVID-19, last week the NHS and the government established a plan to address backlogs of operations and long waits for care accumulated during the pandemic. This implies a massive expansion of tests, controls and treatments.

The COVID backlog recovery plan will help the NHS reduce waiting times, give patients more control over their care and harness innovative technology to free up staff time so people across the country can get the treatment they need. Data such as age, ethnicity and deprivation will be analyzed to understand their impact on access to treatment in order to identify ways to improve healthcare and address disparities.

The government has also released a new white paper on integration setting out a vision for a more integrated NHS and adult care sector to transform services so that they not only provide more care and treatment tailored to patients, but improve systems and processes to allow staff to focus more on patient care.

Plans to enable people across the country to live longer, healthier lives are moving forward with two major independent reviews aimed at tackling health disparities that the government recently announced.

A review of potential ethnic biases in the design and use of medical devices will be led by Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, Professor of Public Health at the University of Liverpool. Separately, Javed Khan OBE, former CEO of children’s charity Barnardo’s, will lead an independent review of the government’s bold ambition to make England smoke-free by 2030.

The two independent reviews will be part of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities’ program to tackle inequalities in health and care, which will include the release of the Health Disparities White Paper in the spring. .

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