An important feature of the Brexit campaign was to take back control of our money. Many want to see cash from our cancelled EU contributions spent on NHS matters. I set out a Brexit budget for the referendum as an illustration of what can be achieved.
That budget included money to train, recruit and retain 4000 extra doctors and 60,000 extra nurses. It included cancelling student loans for nurses, and returning to grants. It offered extra money for a wider range of new drugs on the NHS.
The NHS can also be improved by reducing the rate of gr0wth of demand. This can be brought about by moving to a system of controlled migration, cutting the extra numbers needing NHS cover. It can be assisted by a better designed way of invoicing anyone coming to the UK from a foreign country for non urgent health treatment, who currently often receive it free.
The NHS needs to be encouraged to be better at determining who needs hospital treatment. At present too many people go straight to hospital instead of going through the process of GP evaluation. In hospital many elderly people are detained when there is little or nothing that the doctors and nurses can do. Sometimes they have to stay in because there is insufficient social care arranged to allow them back home or into the community. There needs to be more care outside hospital and better access to it.