The implementation of the new health and care system

The key function of the Department of Health (DH) is to help people live their lives better and for longer. The DH has the overall role of leading, shaping and providing funding for health and care in England; it is charged with ensuring that people receive the support, care and treatment that they need, along with the compassion, respect and dignity that they deserve. Along with the DH the new and changing health and care organisations are working together to accomplish this common purpose.When national priorities have been set the DH enables and supports health and social care bodies to deliver services according to these priorities, as well as working with other parts of government to achieve this. The DH sets objectives and budgets and they hold the system to account on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health. The Secretary of State for Health has ultimate responsibility for guaranteeing that the whole system works in unison to meet the needs of patients and the public.

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