Carers Trust responds to appointment of Amanda Pritchard as new Chief Executive of NHS England
Amanda Pritchard is to be appointed to succeed Sir Simon Stevens as Chief Executive of NHS England.
Responding to news of the appointment, Carers Trust’s Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs, Joe Levenson, said:
“Carers Trust would like to welcome Amanda Pritchard as she takes on the role of NHS England’s CEO.
“We hope that she will ensure that the health of millions of unpaid family carers is a priority across the NHS, and Carers Trust stands ready to support her in this.
“Without the right support, unpaid carers are at greater risk of isolation, and physical and mental health issues than those without a caring role. They need health professionals to understand the pressures carers face and to ask how they are and make an offer of help. Such help could include regular check ins including an annual health check, greater prioritisation for appointments and access to psychological support.
“We also hope that the government will support the new Chief Executive of NHS England by finally committing to a plan for sustainable funding for social care. Without a properly funded social care system the health needs of many unpaid carers worsen, and carers and the people they are caring for understandably turn to NHS services, putting even more pressure on hospitals and GP services.”
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