The case for change
Our current NHS system isn’t designed to meet the needs of today’s population. Some of our services were designed to meet the needs of people in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s and while they’ve done that and much more, we know there are better ways of organising how we care for people.
In some areas we are struggling to deliver the quality of care we want to and to find enough staff to deliver services in east Kent. What’s more all of us, the people who use services, are changing. The good news is we are living for longer, but we are living with more long-term conditions, such as diabetes, dementia and heart disease which increases demand for health and care services. Health care is changing too. More treatments nowadays can be offered out of hospital or with shorter hospital stays because of new medicines and medical techniques. We also have to accept we don’t have unlimited money to spend, so we need to use what we have wisely.
Find out why we – that is health and social care leaders and staff working together with patients and the public – believe now is the time to take action to make sure health and social care services in east Kent are able to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century.