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

Leslie Hanson
January 8, 2019

Richard Murray, chief executive at the King's Fund think-tank, said: "The NHS and social care are two sides of the same coin yet publication of the social care green paper has been delayed yet again. We look forward to making a full and positive contribution".

The NHS Long Term Plan, which covers the next decade, will outline precisely how the health service will spend the extra funding promised by the prime minister in June previous year.

NHS England also reiterated its intention to minimise the routine prescribing of "low-clinical-value medicines", in an effort to save more than £200m a year.

This will help address today's challenges.

At the heart of this plan is the principle that prevention is better than cure. "Not money to plug a gap or shore up a problem - but funding to protect the long-term future of the NHS".

So, first, the biggest increase in funding - at least £4.5 billion - will go to primary and community care, because Global Positioning System are the bedrock of the NHS.

That means patients will have improved access to their Global Positioning System and greater flexibility about how they contact them. This funding will provide for new primary care networks based on neighbouring GP practices which will include pharmacists in the team. We went through it, so you don't have to.

Mr Speaker, ultimately staff are the heart of the NHS - the people who work in the NHS.

"While the government has highlighted plans to expand capacity and grow the workforce, very little has been offered in the way of detail".

This already happens in the best parts of the NHS and there's been a huge amount of work to support the people who work in the NHS. But I want to see it happen evrywhere.

The NHS in England will have to recruit several thousand extra foreign nurses every year in order to meet staffing levels demanded of its new long-term plan.

"For the first time a key NHS plan has recognised the inequalities facing people severely affected by mental illness, and services for this marginalised and complex group will now be prioritised", said Schonegevel.

The plan was welcomed by campaigners, but experts warned that implementing it would be hard.

The plan will mean our growing elderly population will be supported to stay healthy and independent for longer and better support for carers. "It will also signal significantly more investment in community care, much greater use of digital technology and more emphasis on prevention".

A digital NHS "front door" through the NHS App, which will be fully available across England from 1 July 2019, will provide advice, check symptoms and connect people with healthcare professionals - including through telephone and video consultations. We know that immediate action is needed for children and young people's services as they have become woefully underfunded and overstretched.

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

And to help make a reality of the goal of parity of esteem between mental and physical health, we are going to increase mental health service budgets not by £2 billion, but £2.3 billion a year.

The health service will take a more active role in helping people to cut their risk factors: stopping smoking, losing weight and reducing alcohol intake. "Over the next five years every patient in England will have a new right to choose this option - usually from their own practice or, if they prefer, from one of the new digital GP providers".

Sarah Wilkinson, chief executive at NHS Digital, said: "The next generation of IT services for primary care must give more patients easy access to key aspects of their medical record and provide the highest quality technology for Global Positioning System".

Sources close to Stevens stressed that the widespread fragmentation of care delivery brought about by privatisation had to end because it ran contrary to NHS England's drive - backed by the government - to integrate health and care services over the next few years so that patients receive a simpler, more streamlined service.

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