Commenting on the House of Lords Select Committee’s report on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS, Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:
“This report is long-overdue and much-needed. We commend the Committee for its strong stance on the need for political consensus and strategic, long-term oversight of the UK’s health and social care system. The health and care system cannot remain sustainable without a comprehensive, long-term strategy to secure an appropriately skilled, trained and committed workforce – and the RCOG agrees with the Committee that the lack of such a workforce strategy represents the biggest internal threat to the sustainability of the NHS.
“The Committee rightly points out the urgent need for service transformation across both primary and secondary care and in the integration of health and social care – and that while the patient must be at the heart of decision-making about their care, the rights of patients must be balanced by their responsibilities.”
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