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RCS comments on King’s Fund Report on Sustainability and Transformation Plans in the NHS

14 Nov 2016

Commenting on a King’s Fund report on Sustainability and Transformation Plans, Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons said:

“Sustainability and transformation plans are the only game in town for looking at how we sustain and transform the NHS. Doing nothing is not an option. We must give them a fair hearing, and that’s why it’s important that local leaders continue to engage with doctors, patients, and other health professionals.

“Despite their best efforts, a number of NHS services are not currently delivering optimal outcomes for patients. We are therefore heartened by early signs that some of these plans are proposing changes which doctors have long been calling for. Some of these will not be popular, such as merging emergency services, but they are necessary if we are serious about delivering sustainable , high quality care for our patients.

“It’s also clear that plans to transform services, especially the move of more care into the community, will cost money. We urge the Government to use its autumn statement to give the NHS a boost to funds targeted at these transformations and building a world class health service.”

Notes to editors

The Report, 'Sustainability and transformation plans in the NHS', can be found on the King's Fund website:

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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