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June Update: Pharma and Health

31 May 2018

What's on the agenda this month

by Daniel Shaw-Stewart, Monitoring Consultant

June will see health move closer to the heart of the political landscape in the lead up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July. The anniversary is proving an effective catalyst for increasing speculation over future funding for the NHS. 

A number of media outlets have speculated on the continued tussling between the Department for Health and Social Care and the Treasury. The Prime Minister is said to be planning a fresh long-term financial plan for the NHS ahead of its 70th anniversary, with extra funding likely to feature. 

However the two departments are torn over the size of any extra funding, with the Treasury arguing for rises of only 2 per cent in the annual budget. In sharp contrast, Mr Hunt is pushing for a 4% increase in order to meet increasing demands on the NHS. The schism is likely to widen ahead of the Prime Minister’s decision. 

Furthermore, changes in the models of funding for the NHS are undergoing even more regulatory changes. May saw the announcement that NHS England and NHS Improvement establish a single “financial and operational planning and performance” framework under a joint CFO. Following a recent board meeting between the two health agencies, the agencies will closer than ever before. 

Meanwhile, the Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into antimicrobial resistance. The committee is seeking evidence on the progress of the government to date in responding to the growing challenge of AMR. The calls for evidence will explore what should be the key actions and priorities for the Government’s next AMR strategy, due to be published at the end of this year.  The deadline for evidence submission is Friday 29 June.

Lastly, health and social care professionals are eagerly awaiting for the Adult Social Care Green Paper. In an exclusive interview with the social care journal Care Home Professional social care Minister Caroline Dinneage revealed the upcoming Green Paper will seek to address the solution behind a sustainable funding model and greater social care integration. The Green Paper is due for publication this summer. 

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Daniel Shaw-Stewart, Monitoring Consultant
Daniel Shaw-Stewart
Monitoring Consultant

Daniel serves as Monitoring Consultant for DeHavilland's UK Health clients. He has previously worked at MHP Communications in its Corporate Affairs Team, and at the BBC during the 2015 General Election as a Production Assistant. He read History and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London.