Primary care to receive £4.5bn investment under NHS long-term plan

Primary care to receive £4.5bn investment under NHS long-term plan

In addition, a number of practical priorities have been identified for NHS digital transformation, including: the use of intuitive tools to capture data as a by-product of care; protecting patients' privacy; ensuring data security; mandating and rigorously enforcing technology standards: creating straightforward digital access to services; using decision support and AI to help clinicians in applying bests practice; and using predictive techniques to support local health systems.

NHS England claimed that there will be a "renewed focus" on prevention to help prevent up to 85,000 premature deaths each year.

Whilst we welcome the commitment to providing safer and more precise treatments, part of the problem of poor access to treatments is not just advancing treatments to come to market but also enabling already marketed treatments to get to patients quicker.

"Timely treatment for eye conditions is critical when it comes to preventing avoidable sight loss and we would urge NHS England to ensure its delivery plans have a serious focus on the current issues affecting eye health".

"Under this Long Term Plan, digital-first primary care will become a new option for every patient improving fast access to convenient primary care", the plan promised. And the Long Term Plan commits to major reforms to improve working conditions for NHS staff, because morale matters.

Measures to support the mental health of 350,000 more young people and 380,000 adults; up to 500,000 lives could be saved through early detection; and 24-hour mental health support through 111 amongst the expected plans. "Sadly so numerous measures outlined. are a rehash of what has already been promised for years", she tweeted.

Theresa May hailed the launch of the plan, which sets out how the NHS will use the extra £20.5bn real-terms boost to health spending over the next five years, as "a historic moment".

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The 2012 act obliges NHS clinical commissioning groups CCGs in England to tender out any contract worth £615,278 or more.

Where are the existing gaps?

The General Medical Council (GMC) suggested the United Kingdom should consider migrant workers in future workforce planning after a poll revealed many doctors were considering quitting the NHS or cutting their hours because they felt stressed or overburdened.

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.

Mr Stevens acknowledged that although there are around 100,000 extra staff than there was a decade ago, there are also some 100,000 vacancies across the NHS in England - a situation he described as "something of a paradox". And in community nursing, there was a fall of 15% between May 2010 and 2018. The NHS said that their intention to identify people with irregular heartbeat and blood pressure issues and offer them timely treatment would prevent formation of unsafe blood clots in the future that are precursors for heart and brain strokes.

He said: "It tackles head on the pressures our staff face". World class care requires world class funding and the investment in the long-term plan will still leave the United Kingdom falling behind comparative nations like France and Germany.

And, according to the Nuffield Trust, an even greater concern than whether there is enough money available to pay for staff is ensuring enough staff are available - planning how many staff will be needed and making sure there are enough training places available, funding that training, and having an immigration system that enables staff to be recruited overseas where necessary. "NHS England and the Government must urgently address these chronic shortages to make the plan the success it deserves to be".

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