NHS 10-year plan launched in bid to save 500000 lives

Alcohol-related harm costs the NHS in England approximately £3.5 billion every year

Alcohol-related harm costs the NHS in England approximately £3.5 billion every year

The plan continues the recent NHS trend of focusing on prevention and early detection, by detailing that the biggest cash injections will go to Global Positioning System, mental health and community care, increasing funding for primary and community care by at least £4.5 billion and aiming to curb the reliance on hospitals.

As part of the long-term plan, the Government confirmed a £4.5 billion new service model for the 21st century across England, where health bodies come together to provide better, joined up care in partnership with local government. Parents of every baby will also receive better mental health support.

Described as a blueprint to make the NHS fit for the future, as part of the plan there is a pledge to spend an extra £4bn a year on a range of measures, from improving neonatal care to transforming mental health provision.

"This will mean a step change in the recruitment of worldwide nurses to work in the NHS and we expect that over the next five years this will increase nurse supplies by several thousand a year", the document says, adding that a workforce plan will be published this year.

They also claim 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases will be prevented and promise three million people will benefit from improved stroke, respiratory and cardiac services.

It will set out the priorities for a 3.4% five-year funding increase announced by Mrs May in June.

The Prime Minister said "we're seeing more people, we're treating more people", but that extra demand had made it hard to reach objectives on treating A&E patients within four hours, making two-month cancer diagnoses, and overall 18-week waiting times.

"We hope this leads to improved services, both in special schools and in the community".

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"It's good to have a plan which sets a clear direction for the NHS and tackles numerous issues the Academy has always been saying need to be addressed if we are to improve patient care", said Professor Carrie MacEwen, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Health Foundation think-tank, agreed: "Continued cuts to public health and local authority budgets will hold back the NHS's ambitions to keep people healthy and tackle unjust differences in health between the best and worst off".

Edwards said the biggest obstacle was a lack of staff, which has been estimated at a 250,000 shortfall by 2030, and the impact Brexit would have on this.

We will improve how the NHS cares for children and young people with learning disabilities and autism by reducing inappropriate hospitalisation, reducing over medicalisation, and providing quality care in the community.

Public Health England (PHE) chief executive Duncan Selbie said that investing in prevention was "the smartest thing the NHS can do". However, one union has criticised the plan to fill the 100,000 staffing black hole. "Dame Donna Kinnair, acting chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, called on NHS England and the government to "urgently address" [these] chronic shortages to make the plan the success it deserves to be". As we said in our consultation response, it is unacceptable that many optical practices still have to rely on fax machines to make referrals to secondary care for sight-threatening conditions.

Along these lines, generally, there is a lack of brain cancer scientists in the United Kingdom and this is hampering both scientific research and collective progress.

She continued: "NHS leaders told us that making the necessary changes in technology, workforce and infrastructure will take time and careful planning". Ultimately, without enough properly trained specialist staff to diagnose and treat those with cancer, progress will stall. "Much of this work is also done by professionals outside of the NHS, in the community or in adult social care or children's services, so it is vital that these services are protected and resourced effectively".

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