What now for ICSs?
By Georgina Carr, Chief Executive of The Neurological Alliance I recently attended the NHS Confederation Expo, during which there was an empassioned plea from NHS England leaders to stick with Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) (including beyond the next General Election, which has to take place before January 2025). In parallel, the Government also published it’s […]
Our response to the Major Conditions Strategy call for evidence
Today, The Neurological Alliance is submitting a response to the government’s call for evidence for the Major Conditions Strategy. The scope of the strategy as currently stated neglects to include hundreds of neurological conditions. Our response to the call for evidence addresses this. All members of the Alliance were invited to input into our response […]
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care publishes plans for Major Conditions Strategy
Yesterday the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care published a Written Ministerial Statement on plans for a Major Conditions Strategy in England. We welcome the emphasis placed on person-centred care, recognition of the need for services to work together to deliver positive outcomes, and the focus on mental health and ending health disparities. […]
Mini budget update: new Chancellor reverses many measures
In a statement today (Monday, 17 October 2022), Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt announced that the Government will no longer be proceeding with many of the tax cuts previously planned. A planned cut to income tax to 19% in April 2023 will no longer go ahead, with income tax remaining at 20% for now. […]
What does the Elective Recovery Plan mean for people with neurological conditions?
This week, NHS England and NHS Improvement published their blueprint for tackling the backlog of elective care and reducing waiting times. This week also saw publication of NHS waiting times data for December 2021. Neurosurgery saw 51,195 people waiting for an appointment, 7% (3,584) of whom had been waiting for more than a year. In […]
New Year, Same Challenges: Latest NHS Operational Planning Guidance Sets Out Priorities for The Year Ahead
The latest iteration of NHS improvement priorities and operational planning guidance follows the most challenging two-years in its history. The health service remains under significant pressure with the Omicron variant of coronavirus leading to a Level 4 National Incident being declared. Our full briefing is available below. Ongoing impact of the pandemic The ongoing impact […]