Budget 2017 - Comments from PwC's health industries leader

Published at 15:19 PM on 08 March 2017

Commenting on today's Budget announcement, Quentin Cole, PwC health industries leader, said:

"The Chancellor's announcement shows the Government realises that the pressures on the health and social care systems are interrelated, and the answer lies not just in efficiency savings.

“The £2 billion injection of cash over the next three years, announced today for social care, is welcome as are the additional commitments for capital expenditure, but this is not a long term solution.

"Today's system was designed to deal with yesterday's problems. Instead of just looking for quick solutions, the system itself needs to be reshaped to deliver improved outcomes, optimise resources and empower patients.

"PwC research shows that, in the long term, the balance of power needs to be shifted to local areas so they assume greater accountability for financing and control of services - passing down funds to a local level which can be spent in a tailored way by leaders who understand the problems facing their own areas."



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