Medicine

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

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

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the NHS needed to ensure care was provided "efficiently". We will continue to work with NHS England to make these a reality for GP teams and their patients as soon as possible'.

The prime minister announced that over the next five years the NHS budget would increase by £20.5 billion in real terms.

The overall increase for NHS England is equivalent to an annual real terms rise of almost 3.5%, around twice the annual increase the NHS has received since 2010.

This will help address today's challenges. "Not money to plug a gap or shore up a problem - but funding to protect the long-term future of the NHS".

And after the best part of a decade of austerity, there's a lot of catching up to be done - both in terms of performance against the main NHS targets, and finance.

Better prevention and detection of diseases, with a particular focus on cancer.

More support for people with long term conditions through mobile monitoring devices and the interoperability of data. As up to 10 percent of hospital admissions in the elderly population are medicines-related, pharmacists will routinely work in general practice helping to relieve pressure on Global Positioning System and supporting care homes.

One in three patients receiving care from newly enhanced community-based services rather than going to their local hospital for an outpatient appointment, which accounts for 30m clinic visits a year. "I don't think most people in the health service want to see another top-down reorganisation with all the cards thrown up".

He added: "At the heart of the NHS are hard-working staff who pull out all the stops to care for patients every day".

"In the NHS it is always hard to take changes from the whiteboard to the ward", said Nuffield Trust chief exec Nigel Edwards. So what has the 136-page plan actually set out to achieve? "For all those people who are severely affected by mental illness we now have the prospect of getting access to good quality treatment, quickly, near home for the first time", he said.

"This is the kind of sustained investment we need to see to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health and, if delivered, this plan will make a difference to the lives of thousands of people with mental health problems".

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NHS England said sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and integrate care systems (ICSs) needed to design and implement their own setting out how they will deliver on the ambitions of the plan over the next five years.

Mr Speaker, that is the approach we will be taking to support the NHS over the next decade, but what does it mean for patients and the wider public?

Supporting our growing elderly population to stay healthy and independent for longer.

Bringing the NHS into the digital age with online GP booking, prescription management, and health records.

Developers will be encouraged to build new functions on the app to support specific communities and conditions, and the NHS login will provide a single way for patients to identify themselves for a range of services.

The NHS will tackle unacceptable health inequalities by targeting support towards the most vulnerable in areas of high deprivation. Despite the 2bn increase to the existing £12bn a year now spent on mental health services in England, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPS) previously expressed concern that this figure is only half what is needed for the NHS to put spending more on par with that of physical health.

And we will expand services for young people to include people up to the age of 25.

The charity must raise around £500,000 each year to ensure it is able to give the children and families the support they need in North Manchester.

It is part of the aim to make digital services a mainstream part of the health service. It is vital we have the right staff in the right places to provide care, and they need the right facilities to do so.

It's an important moment in the history of the NHS.