Posted on September 02, 2015

Changes in the NHS

There have been a number of changes in the NHS over the last couple of years, including the implementation of cost improvement programmes, and naturally there has been concern about how this will affect patients. Most of the changes were implemented in April 2013; however, some changes are still being carried out. The changes determine how money is spent within the NHS and who makes the decisions. The primary care trusts no longer exist and neither do the strategic health authorities; instead, there are clinical commissioning groups. Services offered by the NHS have now been opened up so that they can be supplied by private organisations, provided that they meet the standards and cost structures put in place by the NHS. The health service is also benefiting from Monitor, a new regulator. There are also plans for all hospitals to become foundation trusts. Local authorities are now taking on a bigger role in the NHS and are monitoring their own budgets. The integration of health and social care means that there is a more co-ordinated approach to aspects of care, such as domiciliary home care. The NHS is working towards dealing with some of the biggest threats to health, such as drug abuse, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity. It is important to note that the changes should not impact on the patient. Health care services will be accessed in exactly the same way as before and will still be free to the end user.v
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