A Number 10 document setting out the government’s plans for the next 12 months will promise more care for people in their own homes.
Next week Downing Street is expected to publish Building Britain’s Future, which will list the government’s forthcoming strategies and white papers.
It is understood that following a disastrous showing in the local elections and the installation of a new cabinet, the government feels it must set out its priorities more clearly.
The intention to offer people more healthcare in their own homes fits with the emphasis from the Department of Health and the NHS on the need to reduce the use of hospital beds - even more pressing given the impending spending cuts.
HSJ understands this will include palliative care, cancer and children’s services.
The document is also expected to signal the government’s intention to set out new proposals on maternity later this year, likely to seek to extend birthing units, improve post-natal care and give parents, particularly fathers, a bigger role in the birth of their children. Individual budgets are understood to be under consideration.
Several of the targets set out in Maternity Matters to improve services by the end of this year are widely expected to be missed, and the government has been concerned that maternity services are one “shop window” of the NHS that it has not improved.
A greater emphasis on prevention will echo health secretary Andy Burnham’s stated priorities for the NHS, and there will be plans to reform social care.
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