To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dependency of NHS England's ability to deliver its Long Term Plan on (1) Government financial support for NHS England's capital expenditure over the ten-year period of the plan, (2) the budget of Public Health England, (3) the budget available for the education and training of NHS staff, and (4) the funding available for adult social care; and when the budgets for those areas will be made known to (a) NHS England, (b) relevant agencies, and (c) both House of Parliament.
We have asked the National Health Service to develop a clear implementation framework by spring, to set out how the commitments should be delivered by local systems and ensure transparency for patients and the public.
The Government recognises the importance of capital investment and public health, health education and adult social care services to the NHS. Last June the Government confirmed that to support the plan, in addition to a five-year revenue settlement the Government will:
- come forward with proposals to reform social care;
- ensure adult social care places no additional pressure on the NHS;
- ensure the public health budget supports efforts to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives;
- consider proposals from the NHS for a multi-year capital plan to support transformation and a multi-year funding plan for clinical training places, based on the workforce requirements of the NHS plan; and
- consider any proposals from the NHS for legislative changes that will help it to improve patient care and productivity, as requested by the NHS.
The future of budgets outside of the NHS England resource settlement will be confirmed later this year at the Spending Review 2019.