The Elective Recovery Taskforce has outlined a plan to “turbocharge” recovery of the backlog in elective care, while empowering patients to choose where they are treated. The independent sector will have a key role to play. CSJ provides a summary of the key plans and responses from the healthcare sector.
The Elective Recovery Taskforce, chaired by Minister Will Quince, brought together leading voices from across the NHS, independent healthcare sector and patient representatives to find solutions to tackle the growing backlog. The elective waiting list has grown by a staggering 61%, from 4.57 million to 7.47 million since February 2020. The Taskforce has agreed to work together to implement action in four core areas:
The Taskforce initially published its “delivery plan” for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care, in February 2022,1 and subsequently announced an “implementation plan”, in August 2023, setting out practical steps to make the plan a reality.2 Maximising the use of independent sector capacity is a key part of the strategy, while care for patients will remain free at the point of delivery.
Right to choose
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