NHS aims to save 500000 more lives in next decade

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

NHS Long Term Plan, published today (7 January), said pharmacists will have "an essential role to play" in delivering the goals set out, especially in primary and community care, for the next five years.

It's also about early diagnosis and better detection, treatment and recovery so we can ensure better outcomes. This will see the Diabetes Prevention Programme expanded, smart inhalers piloted to aid prevention of admissions with respiratory conditions, and patients with cardiac conditions put through a healthy living and exercise plan each year.

Meanwhile, all providers across acute, community and mental health "will be expected to advance to a core level of digitisation by 2024".

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "We are really pleased to see that mental health is such a key focus in the NHS long term plan and we welcome the £2.3bn set aside for mental health services".

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From this year, NHS 111 will begin booking GP surgery appointments, NHS England said.

In an effort to "improve the effectiveness" of public health approaches, such as NHS health checks, NHS England will work with community pharmacists, voluntary sector partners and Global Positioning System to test patients for "high-risk conditions", such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and atrial fibrillation, it said in the document.

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.

Half a million lives could be saved under ambitious plans to "fundamentally reset how the NHS is run" in England over the next decade, health chiefs claim today.

"In aiming for parity between physical and mental health services these plans demonstrate a clear commitment to mental health through increased spending and introducing access standards". More than 900,000 people in England now access IAPT services each year for adult anxiety disorders and depression.

Murray noted that the plan also fails to answer questions on workforce shortages facing the NHS and detail on hospital waiting time targets.

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.

"The BMA supports increased investment in general practice and community care".

"We welcome the new commitments on prevention and mental health in the NHS long-term plan".

Pledges in the plan include ensuring every hospital with a major A&E department has "same day emergency care" in place so that patients can be treated and discharged with the right package of support, without needing an overnight stay.

It's worth noting that in total, community health services, mental health and primary care costs the NHS around £27bn a year, so the allocation for mental health is just less than 10%.

Local Government Association spokesman Ian Hudspeth said the plan's goals could only be fully realised if councils were properly funded to deliver social care and public health services.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: "Drinking to excess can destroy families, with the NHS too often left to pick up the pieces". 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.

Mrs May said that the ambitions set out in the plan, which several experts warned would be hard to achieve, was affordable in part because the United Kingdom would no longer be sending "vast annual sums" to Brussels after it leaves the European Union.



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