Rishi Sunak insists the NHS must do things differently to improve

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The Prime Minister told the NHS that it must do things differently to improve. With waits lengthening for emergency care, ambulances, GPs and routine operations, Mr Sunak argued that extra cash in last week’s autumn statement would help the NHS to decongest hospitals.

Speaking during a visit to the Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood, Staffs, he said: “One of the most important things we need to do is support people to move out of hospitals back into their homes, back into their communities, and that’s why the money that we have put in is going to go and support social care.

“And if we can do that, and we can start doing that very quickly, then that will really help alleviate some of the pressure on ambulances waiting outside hospitals.

“I know that the NHS are committed to delivering on it. We’ve given them significant funding so they can get on with the job.”

Earlier, during a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), he said: “Our ambition for our country’s most important public service cannot be measured solely by the money we spend, but by the quality of care every patient receives.

“We all share the same ambition to give everybody in the country the best possible care, free. But to deliver it we need to be bold and radical in challenging conventional wisdom.”

Patients have been promised they could decide whether to travel for quicker treatment.

Mr Sunak said: “We want to give patients genuine choice about where and when to access care, and those choices need to be informed by radical transparency about the performance of our healthcare system.”

Meanwhile, Mr Sunak promised the Government will be “bold, decisive, and radical” in driving economic growth.

He vowed to boost UK innovation and productivity using “Brexit freedoms” and insisted that the measures he unveiled in the Autumn Statement had already restored “stability” to the economy.

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