The Government’s 2020-21 mandate to NHS England and NHS Improvement has been released, setting out objectives and funding for the coming year, primarily targeted at COVID-19.
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has acknowledged this is a “very brief mandate for 2020-21” aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The intention is to provide a further Mandate at some later date.
However, among objectives targeting COVID-19, there are goals around the continuing implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan and Brexit, showing the high importance of these activities to the Government. The objectives given in the Mandate are:
- “Support the Government to delay and mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and to contribute to research and innovation in prevention and treatment, whilst ensuring that everyone affected by it receives the very best possible NHS treatment;
- Ensure progress towards the effective implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan, including the commitments and trajectories set out in the National Implementation Plan and People Plan to be published later in the year and maintain and enhance public confidence in the NHS;
- With support from Government, help ensure delivery of its wider priorities, which include manifesto commitments to further improve the experience of NHS patients, working with local government to support integration and the sustainability of social care through the Better Care Fund, and contributing to planning for life outside the EU once the current transition period ends;
- Deliver the public health functions that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has delegated to NHS England to exercise under section 7A of the NHS Act 2006;
- Share all information with Government that is necessary to enable progress against this mandate to be effectively monitored, and to support the Secretary of State in fulfilling wider statutory functions, including in respect of Covid-19″
Read the full Mandate here.