House of Lords Select Committee report ‘The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care’ published today

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS have published their report ‘The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care’. The report criticises the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care. 

However, despite receiving written evidence from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the report has little focus on child health, an oversight which the College has highlighted.

Commenting on the House of Lords Select Committee report on the long-term sustainability of the NHS, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

 “Political short-termism is undoubtedly one of the biggest threats to the NHS. We applaud the Committee for highlighting the need for cross-party commitment to fund UK health services adequately, invest in the healthcare workforce and recognising that a tax-funded, free-at-the-point-of-use NHS is the most efficient way of delivering health care.

“It is also most welcome to see the Committee call to ring fence the public health budget for the next 10 years as investing in prevention is much needed. We were however surprised that in a report focusing on long term sustainability, there is little mention of the health of children. It would be a grave oversight not to channel efforts into raising generations of healthy children, as this is the best foundation for a healthy adult population and therefore reduces the burden of healthcare need in the long term. ”