This week the Government has launched a 10 year plan for the NHS. It aims to change the delivery of health care across the country.
The plan offers more NHS funding an investment of £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24.There will be a new focus on prevention with £4.5 billion being invested into primary care, health visitors and community nurses. This is the biggest cash increase to the NHS in history.
There will me more policies on promoting personal responsibility, good health and a range of new treatments to help improve the levels of care that patients receive. The changes will speed up diagnosis and improve the treatment for serious conditions like cancer and stroke. There will also be a higher profile on mental health. The NHS workforce will increase and technology will be boosted, cutting waiting list times and bringing the NHS into the digital age.
This is a historic moment for patients across our nation, protecting the health service now and for generations to come. We will ensure every baby gets the best start in life, revolutionise how the NHS cares for young people and undertake new measures so that long term conditions such as diabetes, heart attacks and dementia are prevented wherever possible and fully supported with the right care at the right time in the right place for those who need it.
Providing a 10 year plan allows NHS staff to worry less about funding and what lies ahead and more about improving the quality of care and communication with patients. For too long, small, ever-changing plans have made it difficult for the NHS to operate. This plan works with the staff, patients and third sector bodies to bring out the best in diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care.
I use the NHS as do my family and staff, I will continue to do all I can to ensure that our health services are always available for you and your family. It is an ambitious plan but one with strong support across the whole of the NHS for a brighter, healthier future.
You can read more about the plan in greater detail online at: