A new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs says the NHS could save a further £11bn in 2020 by providing more than 1.5m primary care nurses with more than £200m in additional funding.
The new report, from the Institute’s Centre for Health and Health Systems (CHS), says the Government could invest in the NHS to boost its performance by £1.5bn, as well as more than 700,000 nurses and health care workers.
Chief executive of the CHS, Dr Mark Withers, said the Government needed to invest more in the health and social care sector.
“In addition to this, the Government must commit to further strengthening the social care workforce and develop new funding streams to deliver the same level of support,” he said.
He added: “The CHS has recently concluded that it is time to tackle the acute shortage of nurses in England.
More than 700 million people rely on the NHS, but the NHS has only recently become more flexible and responsive.
As a result, we know that we need to make it easier for nurses to join the workforce, improve the quality of care they provide, and provide greater flexibility in the recruitment of additional staff.”
This new report lays the foundation for a successful partnership between the NHS and the private sector to tackle this challenge.
“NHS chief executive Sir Michael Wilshaw said the report showed the Government had a strong track record in addressing the urgent needs of the health service.
Mr Wilshaw also said the NHS would continue to look for ways to invest in areas of its capacity, such as in primary care and mental health.
Dr Witherson said the CHP’s report also found that the Government was looking at investing in mental health and drug treatment for primary care.
In the coming weeks, the CHL is expected to publish a new report which will provide further details on how the NHS will meet the 2020 targets.
It will be the latest in a series of reports produced by the CHs centre on health and the social, social and economic outcomes of the NHS.
This includes a report into the NHS’s ability to improve its capacity to deliver primary care, as it tries to recruit more staff.
Other key findings of the report include:The Government should look to provide additional funding to primary care providers to support the health of the wider community, including in areas where the Government is under pressure from pressures in primary healthcare and social services;