Published in October 2014, it considers the progress made in improving health and care services in recent years and the challenges that the NHS faces leading up to 2020/21. These challenges include:

  • the quality of care that people receive can be variable
  • preventable illness is common
  • growing demands on the NHS means that local health and care organisations are facing financial pressure
  • the needs and expectations of the public are changing. New treatments options are emerging, and we rightly expect better care closer to home

The FYFV creates a shared view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.

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