Friday, 18 January, 2019

What's missing from the NHS England's long term plan? Part 2

Hancock Matt Hancock is keen to see more emphasis on personal responsibility for health Credit PA
Melissa Porter | 08 January, 2019, 18:01

This is to shift the focus away from hospitals and towards primary care.

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.

"It sets a practical, costed, phased route map for the NHS's priorities for care quality and outcomes improvement for the decade ahead".

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.

Recruiting more staff from overseas in order to minimise the damaging impact of chronic NHS understaffing, which it says is "unsustainable".

"This will help relieve pressure on the NHS while providing the basis to transform care with world-class treatments".

In respiratory care, smart inhalers will be piloted and there will be increased investment in earlier detection and better treatment of conditions to reduce hospital admissions.

NHS England has once again pledged to improve the state of digital services to benefit patients and staff in its Long Term Plan, with a fully digital secondary care and access to digital consultations promised by 2024.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he said: "The public hates waste in the NHS and quite rightly want to know that their taxes are spent effectively, to deliver excellent front-line services to patients". It describes how we will use the largest funding settlement in the history of the NHS to strengthen it over the next decade, rising to the challenges of today and seizing the opportunities of the future.

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. It will guarantee the future of the NHS for the next generation. Young people are left to fend for themselves, which can lead to a mental health issue developing into serious mental health condition. It will work other services at national and local level and, where appropriate, be integrated into patient pathways.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said if the plan is implemented it could make a difference to the lives of thousands of people.

In five years, at least £2.3bn a year will be ring-fenced with a view to expanding mental health services to offer adults, young people and children faster access to community and crisis mental health services.

The NHS 10-year plan is the first long-term plan of its kind in almost two decades, since Tony Blair unveiled a new "fundamental" blueprint for NHS reform, which included a maximum six-month waiting time limit for referral for inpatient procedures, free fruit for infant school children, and an increase in funding for NHS staff in 2000.

Digital GP models will help grow GP numbers while primary care networks will be key to recruiting more staff to work in general practice, the Government's NHS long-term plan has claimed.

Genomics, digital tech and artificial intelligence are at the forefront of the government's long term plan for the NHS, unveiled today. A second facility, which will be operated in partnership between the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and gambling addiction charity GamCare, will open in April this year. We must avoid an undeliverable wish list that makes too many promises as over-promising sets the NHS up to fail.

"The green paper and the NHS long term plan should have been developed in parallel".

"The demand for our services is ever-increasing while the care and support that families need is becoming more and more complex".