NHS England has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2016/17, detailing the work of the organisation over the last year and outlining some of the most significant achievements and challenges.
The report sets out the progress made in delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View, the 2016/17 Business Plan, and the Government’s mandate to NHS England.
In his overview, NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, said: “In 2016/17 NHS England made good progress in the first phase of implementing agreed national blueprints for cancer, mental health, maternity, learning disabilities and GP services, backed by targeted initial investment. Cancer survival is at a record high, and the first ever waiting times targets for mental health treatments were introduced and met, as was the new dementia diagnosis target. Patient experiences of care remained strong, as reflected in national patient surveys.”
NHS England Chair, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, said: “Only by working together to transform the NHS can we meet the challenge of rising public demand and expectations, which has put huge pressure on our GP and hospital services, making it hard to meet the high service standards enshrined in the NHS Constitution. Once again this will be a focus for the NHS over the coming year.”