David Morris, Public Sector Health leader, comments:
"A focus on prevention of ill health should be welcomed as an attempt at a long-term response to important societal challenges like an ageing population and the obesity crisis, but it's also important to remember that the fiscal benefits of this approach will not be immediate. We're still seeing day-to-day cash flow issues for many NHS trusts, with an underlying deficit of £4 billion. A workforce shortage and ongoing economic and political uncertainty adds further pressure.
"The number one challenge for the Government is how to implement strategic long-term changes whilst fire-fighting the daily issues felt by many trusts across the country. To ensure money is put to the very best use for patients it is more important than ever to ensure the NHS puts in place a system to deploy resources efficiently."
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