May hails launch of NHS England plan as ‘truly historic moment’

Henrietta Brewer
January 8, 2019

This is imperative for effective future planning given the ageing population and the fact that doctors are treating patients with more complex needs, though we await further detail on how this will be delivered'.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised an extra £20.5 billion a year for the NHS by 2023-24, and said the plan would ensure "every pound is spent in a way that will most benefit patients".

Better use of community pharmacists, better access to physiotherapists, and improving the availability of fast and appropriate care to help communities keep people out of hospital altogether.

The experts who wrote the plan say it will lead to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases prevented, 55,000 more people surviving cancer each year - in all, half a million lives saved over the next ten years.

'However, it is vital that this is done in a way that minimises disruption for hard pressed Global Positioning System and their practices and enables progress to be made in a way that protects the ability of Global Positioning System to deliver care in the way that best meets the needs of their local communities'. "While there are initiatives in the plan to build the workforce, they need to be matched with action from central government to secure training budgets and a supportive migration policy to allow worldwide recruitment that is vital to staffing the NHS".

The plan, compiled by NHS England, follows six months of consultation with professional bodies, charities, research organisations and patient groups.

Sources close to Stevens stressed that the widespread fragmentation of care delivery brought about by privatisation had to end because it ran contrary to NHS England's drive - backed by the government - to integrate health and care services over the next few years so that patients receive a simpler, more streamlined service.

A substantial chunk of the plan focuses on how mental health services will be improved between now and 2029, by improving waiting times, providing a universal helpline for those in crisis, and investing money into services supporting children and young people.

- The NHS will become the first health service in the world to offer whole genome sequencing for children with cancer to help target treatment specifically at their needs.

We will build on work already going on to recruit, train and retain more staff so we can address critical staff shortages. It is good to see an NHS plan that looks beyond the political cycle and towards what is best for the health of our nation.

It's worth noting that in total, community health services, mental health and primary care costs the NHS around £27bn a year, so the allocation for mental health is just less than 10%.

Digital GP models will help grow GP numbers while primary care networks will be key to recruiting more staff to work in general practice, the Government's NHS long-term plan has claimed.

They added that "almost everything" within the plan is being implemented successfully somewhere within the NHS, and that the plan will now ensure these initiatives are rolled out across the entire organisation.

"The £2.3bn ringfenced local investment fund for mental health will help alleviate the severe pressures on the system as well as improve and increase access to mental health services".

The report - which is long on buzzwords and short on substance - also referenced the use of artificial intelligence to aid decision-support, the use of predictive tools to support the development of local health services, and linking genomic "and other data" to support the development of new treatments. A broad spectrum of digital services will support individuals to take a much more proactive and responsible approach to monitoring their own health and well-being, enabling them to recognise their individual health risks and symptoms as early as possible, and manage their personal response to these risks.

Mr Hancock said a long-delayed green paper would finally be published soon.

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