The NHS has just celebrated its’ 70th Birthday. We looked back on how far we’ve come, but now Healthwatch England is asking how far will we go?

Every year, Healthwatch England is in touch with half a million people talking about health and social care. Thanks to the feedback they’ve collected they can see that care is changing in 3 main areas:

  • Health and care needs have changed massively across generations
  • People’s relationships with doctors and nurses are changing
  • Technology is causing massive change in the types of treatments available

Healthwatch England will be focusing on these topics to launch a national conversation. They hope to find out what people want from their GPs, hospitals and care services in the next 30 years, when the NHS will turn 100. They want to look beyond the issues we are facing now, to the future of the NHS.

The NHS is currently planning for the next 10 years, and we’re expecting a Government Green Paper on social care soon. So there’s no better time to have this conversation.

Neil Tester, Deputy Director of Healthwatch England, said:

The NHS has learnt the hard way that adopting new ideas and approaches without seeking people’s input ends up in costly delays in implementation, and often results in services that don’t quite meet people’s real life needs. This conversation is a chance for us all to make sure the NHS is on the right track.

With these changes happening fast, Healthwatch is calling on people to share their thoughts to help shape the debate. People can get in touch through their website or on social media using #NHS100. Healthwatch England will also be asking for opinions on Facebook, so make sure you’re following them to take part.

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