Theresa May says new 10-year NHS plan will stop 'slipping' targets

Faith Castro
January 9, 2019

In the future, the NHS will do much more to support people to stay healthy, rather than just treat them when ill.

Patients may also be referred to "community pharmacies who support urgent care and promote patient self-care and self-management", it added.

That means patients will have improved access to their Global Positioning System and greater flexibility about how they contact them.

The document makes the usual promises about scrapping outdated kit, creating joined-up systems and digital patient records, linking genomic and clinical data, and making better use of tech from artificial intelligence to apps.

However, this increase is reliant on local CCGs agreeing to fund some of the work of their local hospice which will then be match funded by NHS England.

GP and community care will receive £4.5bn extra of the £20.5bn boost, while mental health services will receive £2.3bn extra.

The Long Term Plan is only tackling half the issue of patient access to innovative treatments and we believe overlooking the AAP will not be conducive to ensuring patients receive quicker access to the best treatments now on the market. There is a clear case for targeted interventions, designed with the flexibility to be adapted for local need, to identify and support those people that need help. But I want to see it happen evrywhere.

"There is also a pressing need to address immediate and short-term pressures given that doctors and NHS staff are routinely struggling to cope with rising demand and, as a result, are subject to low morale, stress and burnout".

"Our challenge now is to make sure it's properly implemented and in this regard we, that is everyone who works in the NHS and patients who use the service, must all play our part if we are to make it a success".

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, expressed disappointment in the delay to the workforce planning strategy, saying the NHS needed the "right staff with the right skills" to meet the government's ambitions for the next decade.

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BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar welcomed the plan but argued that more needs to be done, including bringing in minimum unit pricing.

More personalised care, more social prescribing, empowering people to take greater control and responsibility over their own health through prevention, and personal health budgets.

- Patients will be able to access health care at the touch of the button through a "digital front door" to the NHS.

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.

NHS England boss, Simon Stevens called the move a "practical, costed and phased route map" for the decade ahead.

The NHS will tackle unacceptable health inequalities by targeting support towards the most vulnerable in areas of high deprivation. England's 10-Year Health Plan The expanded program aims to close in the gap between physical and mental health treatments.

And we will expand services for young people to include people up to the age of 25. Also included in the program are improvements in specific areas such as cancer, heart and lung diseases, autism, and learning disabilities.

A representative from the think tank said this difference was likely to be made up in efficiency savings - but it wouldn't leave the health service with a lot of wiggle room.

The NHS will improve the quality and speed of diagnosis and improve treatment and recovery so we can help people to live well and manage their conditions.

This is not only better for people, but if we get this right it also eases the huge pressures on the NHS in turn and in the long-run is both more affordable and sustainable for caring for a growing ageing population in particular.

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