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NHS England’s Five Year Forward Review

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23 Oct 2014

Mr Ian Ritchie, the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has today welcomed the publication of NHS England’s Five Year Forward Review.

Mr Ritchie said:

IanRitchie"The majority of our 22,000 membership live and work in England, so today’s publication will directly impact both them as professionals and the work we carry out with them to improve patient outcomes throughout England and beyond.

"I am particularly pleased that the plan outlines a range of new ways of delivering NHS services, particularly a closer integration of primary, secondary and community care. I am also delighted that the plan acknowledges public health and agree with the report’s contention that resources are more effective when they are placed on prevention and new models of care.

"I also welcome the acknowledgment that another top down reorganisation is not the panacea for change and that change best comes from developing new care models.

"As a Royal College, we are committed to modernising service delivery to improve patient care. The challenge for clinicians at all levels of the NHS is to address the problems locally by demonstrating leadership beyond the range of their specialty interest.

"I look forward to discussing this further when I meet with my fellow Royal College Presidents  and representatives from NHS England next week to discuss how these new models can be taken forward.”

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