The Bishop of Carlisle has helped to produce a report criticising successive governments for "short-term thinking" over the NHS.
The report was published today by a House of Lords Committee, on which the Bishop sits.
It argues that more money needs to be dedicated to social care, to support a growing and ageing population.
The report also calls for a halt to cuts of the NHS budget, and suggests medical staff should be paid more to boost morale.
The Rt Rev’d James Newcome - the Church of England’s lead bishop on health and social care - told ITV Border that without change, the "strain on services will be intolerable".
Here are some of the key recommendations outlined in the report.
- Money allocated to social care spending in the 2017 budget is ‘clearly insufficient’ - more resources are needed
- A new, independent Office for Health and Care Sustainability should be established to look at health care needs for the next 15 to 20 years
- The pay of NHS Doctors, Nurses and other medical staff has been constrained too much and this is damaging morale and retention of staff
- Cuts to funding for the public health budget are short-sighted and counter-productive
Bishop James also said patients need to take more responsibility for the way in which they use the NHS, to reduce demand on services.