Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement today of the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Thanks to the Government’s investment of £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24, the plan will transform patient care and make sure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely.
The Long Term Plan for the NHS has been developed and driven forward by clinicians, patients and medical experts. Over the last six months, the NHS has drawn in more than 2,500 responses from individuals and groups to its calls for evidence, representing more than 3.5 million people. This has now been translated by working groups, led by clinicians, into this detailed plan to ensure the NHS is always there for you and your family.
There will be a new focus on prevention – with £4.5 billion being invested in primary and community care – personal responsibility and promoting good health, and more rapid diagnostics and new treatments that will improve the care you receive. From birth, through the challenges that life brings and into old age, the 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 – 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.
“I welcome the announcement of the NHS Long Term Plan. This is a historic moment for patients in Staffordshire Moorlands and across our nation which will protect the health service now and for generations to come – ensuring that the NHS is always there for you and your family.”
In the coming months, the local NHS will work with communities to shape local service plans, setting out how the NHS Long-Term Plan vision will be delivered across the country.