From the Foreword: "The Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has pushed every health-care system in the world to its limits. The NHS [National Health Service] is no exception. The acute short-term pressures it faces when combined with longer-term challenges like an ageing population are threatening to overwhelm the system. There is much talk of the NHS facing a 'winter crisis', but the truth is that we face a crisis that has been getting worse for years, not just over one season. [...] The care system's immediate and deeper challenges must be dealt with in tandem. A long-term plan is needed to address both. This paper sets out important recommendations on how this can be done. It argues that simply doing more of the same will get the same result: waiting times, for example, had been rising for years before the pandemic hit. The lesson from the 2000s is that only when far-reaching reforms were put in place - alongside the right level of resources - did services improve and waiting times fall. The paper rightly argues that by fully embracing the possibilities of technology, the care system can meet the challenges it faces. It is easy in the midst of day-to-day pressures to lose sight of the fact that the alignment between genomic science and data analytics is opening up the possibility of a system that is better able to prevent disease, personalise care and empower patients. The key job of the system's leaders is to have the courage to harness these technologies so that outcomes improve and inequalities narrow."
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