Long Term Plan for the NHS Announced

Last month, the Prime Minister launched the Long Term Plan for the NHS – a historic moment for patients in Huntingdonshire and across the country.

The publication of the plan follows the announcement last year that the NHS would receive £20.5 billion extra by 2023-24. In return, the NHS was asked to develop a plan for how to spend this additional funding to transform patient care and make sure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely.

The plan is based on a new focus on prevention – keeping people out of hospital by improving their health and investing £4.5 billion in primary and community care, supporting GPs, health visitors and community nurses in our constituency.

The plan will ensure that the NHS is always there for you and your family, from continuing to improve maternity safety to increasing health and social care integration to support older people.

It will also speed up the diagnosis and improve the treatment of serious conditions like cancer and stroke, increasing the NHS workforce and bringing the NHS into the digital age.

From birth, through the challenges that life brings and into old age, our plan will ensure that the NHS is:

  • Providing the best maternity care in the world – We will ensure every baby gets the best start in life by continuing to improve maternity safety and providing greater mental health support to new parents.
  • Supporting ageing and increasing independence – We will support people to age well by bringing different health and care teams together to make sure older people are getting the support they need to remain independent, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.
  • Improving outcomes for all major conditions – Through better prevention, detection, treatment and recovery from serious diseases, we will improve health outcomes so people live longer and healthier.
  • Increasing the NHS workforce – We are improving access to mental health, primary care and community services, with tens of thousands more doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
  • Bringing the NHS into the digital age – We are rolling out new digital technologies to deliver improved access to NHS services. This will mean everyone in the country will have digital access to their GP, including being able to make appointments, manage prescriptions and view their health records online.
  • Cutting waste across the NHS – Writing in The Daily Mail today, the Chancellor has highlighted that we will continue use taxpayers’ money efficiently within the NHS, including through introducing new digital techniques and making back office savings of more than £700 million across the NHS.