The mandate is a “big step forward” in healthcare for disabled people.

On Tuesday 13 November, health secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled the NHS mandate – the first ever ‘contract’ between the government and the NHS Commissioning Board.

Setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years, it aims for an NHS that is available to all and able to meet patients’ needs and expectations. “Never in its long history has the NHS faced such rapid change in our healthcare needs,” explained Jeremy Hunt. “This mandate is about giving the NHS the right priorities to deal with those challenges. By focusing on what matters to patients, and giving doctors and other professionals the freedom to deliver, we will make sure the NHS stays relevant to our needs and continues providing the best possible care for us all.”

The NHS mandate has five key areas where the government expects the NHS Commissioning Board to make improvements:

  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.