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Rishi Sunak wants vaccine taskforce-style strategy to tackle NHS ‘missions’ like cancer and obesity | Politics News

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Rishi Sunak hopes a “blueprint” inspired by the coronavirus vaccine rollout will help address the NHS’s four “healthcare missions” of cancer, obesity, mental health and addiction.

The Prime Minister has announced more than £113m in funding for research into new treatments and technologies with the aim of fostering breakthroughs.

Ministers believe that addressing key challenges could save billions for the health service and the economy, with obesity alone estimated to cost £6.1bn a year.

But the NHS is also struggling with a record backlog in treatment and a staffing crisis, with nurses preparing to strike next month salary and patient safety.

The British Medical Association welcomed the “injection of funds” into the research, but warned that it must be accompanied by increased investment in the NHS and welfare system.

The chairman of the medical academic staff committee, Professor David Strain, said: “Clinicians are already struggling to pick up the pieces of a broken social safety net.

“A stronger social safety net, backed by well-funded public services, would prevent thousands from needing NHS services.”

Professor Strain said the government needs to invest more in the NHS “in the here and now”, saying the extra £3.3bn of funding announced in the autumn statement was an “effective pay cut in the health service budget”. .

“This is preventing the NHS from taking over the backlog and providing treatment to patients who desperately need it, causing untold suffering across the country.”

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Chancellor’s commitment to increase the NHS budget

In its fall statementChancellor Jeremy Hunt pledged additional funding of £3.3bn for the NHS for each of the next two years.

But almost all of that will be eaten up by the costs of inflation and growing demand, with just £800m remaining for improved services, according to an analysis by the Nuffield Trust.

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19% pay increase for nurses is ‘unaffordable’, says Sunak

Mr Sunak, Health Secretary Steve Barclay and Business Secretary Grant Shapps will meet NHS leaders, global CEOs and key industry figures on Monday.

“The NHS is facing real pressures, which is why we are investing over £100m in future technologies and medicines to tackle some of the biggest public health challenges facing our country,” Sunak said.

The government hopes to follow the vaccine approach with its “missions” by drawing on the best research expertise, cutting unnecessary red tape and strengthening partnerships with companies.

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Mental health research will get £40.2m, addiction £30.5m, cancer £22.5m and obesity £20m.

Each mission will be led by an independent expert, who will be chosen by a panel including Dame Kate Bingham, who led the vaccine task force.

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said: “It is welcome that NHS and life sciences leaders are brought in to help clean up the mess the Conservatives have created.”

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The nurse tells Sky why she is on strike

The Liberal Democrats’ health spokeswoman, Daisy Cooper, said “the level of ambition for health research is long overdue.”

“But as health and care services prepare for one of the most difficult winters in living memory, the government must urgently demonstrate this level of ambition when it comes to GP appointments, delays in ambulances, discharges to social care and hospital beds,” he added.

“Our health and care services are on the brink of collapse after years of mismanagement by this Conservative government.”

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