Today we mark 75 years of our NHS.
Ahead of today’s milestone, I visited the Horton General Hospital last Friday and had a chance to look around the maternity unit. I was born at the Horton and four generations of my family have been treated there. I am proud of our local hospital and have always felt passionately about the services it provides to all those in North Oxfordshire and beyond.
Our hospital is here to stay. I am determined to do all that I can to ensure that it is fit for the future and can continue to serve our growing town. During my visit I had a useful catch up with representatives from OUHFT. We talked about a range of issues, including the recently published NHS Long Term Workforce plan which we agreed is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put health service staffing on a sustainable footing.
Many of you have written to me about the pressures on services, particularly following the pandemic. It is important that the NHS changes and adapts in response. We are already supporting our NHS with record levels of investment and have ambitious plans for recovery and reform. Embracing technology and innovation will help ensure our NHS is fit to deliver the best care to patients for another 75 years.