A new settlement for health and care or ‘Care Covenant’, underpinned by Future Care Guarantees, will offer greater security for everyone in society. We need political consensus upon our direction of travel – a long-term plan to guide the policies of successive governments to improve health and care outcomes, and enable individuals to plan ahead. We will, otherwise, remain forever in ‘fire-fighting’ or ‘crisis’ mode rather than on the front-foot. Whilst some have called for an independent OBR-style check on health and care spend, we believe it pertinent to first ask:
We invited leaders from the public, private and third sectors to help us explore this terrain in more depth. Their contributions to our report outline what developments we might expect in 5, 10- and 15-years’ time and, in doing so, point toward how we might plan to impact different determinants of well-being in the short, medium and longer-term.