Long Term Plan for the NHS

January 7, 2019

Today, the Prime Minister has launched the Long Term Plan for the NHS.


Last year, the Prime Minister announced an additional £20.5 billion for the NHS by 2023-24 and asked NHS England to develop a Long Term Plan to transform patient care.

The Plan, written by the NHS, sets out how we will improve care and make sure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. There will be a new focus on prevention with £4.5 billion being invested in primary and community care.


This is an important step for patients, it will protect the health service now and for generations to come – ensuring that the NHS is always there when needed.


The plans include:


  • 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 independence in old age – 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 – We are introducing new digital techniques and making back office savings of more than £700 million across the NHS.










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