Health Policy

26.07.19

NHS England annual assessment shows good progress

The annual assessment of NHS England for 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019, has been published by the health and social care secretary.

The assessment shows NHS England has either met, or is making good progress towards, 89% of the deliverables that had been laid out in the government’s multi-year mandate for the same period.

In the report, the NHS’s performance is rating against the objectives from the multi-year mandate, which came into effect in April 2017.

The assessment showed progress had been made across a wide range of areas, including:

  • mental health
  • maternity care
  • diabetes prevention
  • preparing to embed genomics into routine care

There were still areas highlighted for further improvement in the report, particularly around continuing to reduce waiting times as the NHS treats more patients than ever before. It remained a priority of the NHS to seek to meet the core patient access standards set out in the NHS Constitution, including A&E, 62-day cancer and the referral to treatment waiting time standard.

Over the past few years demand for the NHS has grown significantly, with patient needs continuing to be diverse and complex. Despite these challenges, the report praised the work done by the 1.3 million NHS staff to meet commitments and make sure millions of patients receive the best care possible.

READ MORE: NHS Clinical Commissioners praises CCGs annual assessment ratings

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, said: “The NHS is this country’s most valued public service and we’re rightly supporting it with an extra £33.9 billion a year in vital funding by 2023 to 2024 as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

“We want to ensure this money benefits the frontline to help them deliver a sustainable and efficient health service across the country and we will be working with the NHS to safeguard our nation’s health for generations to come.”

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