SHCA responds to Department of Health’s consultation on proposed changes to NHS England’s Mandate

The Specialised Healthcare Alliance has submitted a response to the Department of Health’s recent consultation on its proposed refresh of the Mandate to NHS England.

The Alliance’s response welcomes the retention of the objective relating to NHS England’s direct commissioning in the proposed refresh, noting the importance of holding NHS England to account for this approximately £25billion of spending.

However, the SHCA’s response also urges the Department to preserve the approach of its first Mandate in setting overarching objectives for NHS England to achieve, rather than particular targets, which could have the effect of distorting longer-term service planning.

The SHCA’s response to the consultation can be found here: SHCA Response to DH Mandate Consultation 201309