Are there enough staff to make it happen — NHS long-term plan


When even after the perils of war, infant mortality was almost 10 times now, when two-thirds of men smoked and life expectancy was just 66.

The NHS has throughout its history led the world. But the core principle that good health care should be available to all, free at the point of use, remains. 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. As we said in our consultation response, it is unacceptable that many optical practices still have to rely on fax machines to make referrals to secondary care for sight-threatening conditions.

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. To address expectations, the NHS is expanding its workforce by hiring tens of thousands of healthcare professionals. Every day, the NHS treats over 1 million people.

Despite record demand, performance was better this December than last.

Half a million lives could be saved under ambitious plans to "fundamentally reset how the NHS is run" in England over the next decade, health chiefs claim today. It has since been announced that GP and community care services are expected to receive £4.5bn from the overall £20bn increase.

That means patients will have improved access to their Global Positioning System and greater flexibility about how they contact them.

The report - which is long on buzzwords and short on substance - also referenced the use of artificial intelligence to aid decision-support, the use of predictive tools to support the development of local health services, and linking genomic "and other data" to support the development of new treatments.

"Our challenge now is to make sure it's properly implemented and in this regard we, that is everyone who works in the NHS and patients who use the service, must all play our part if we are to make it a success". This will require additional resources for training, funding for which has not been mentioned in the long-term plan.

In Staffordshire, health and social care partners have been working hard to deliver more integrated care, which helps see more people supported in their communities through prevention, early intervention and after care support and less people admitted to or kept in hospital longer than they need to be. This must change. We have to develop a culture of enterprise in the NHS to allow the best technology to flourish.

"A long-term strategy for improving its structure and patient outcomes on the NHS can't come soon enough - unfortunately, that is not what is being delivered by the government today". "They have failed to recruit and train the staff desperately needed, leaving our NHS struggling with chronic shortages of over 100,000 staff".

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

It means patients receiving high-quality care closer to home.

More personalised care, more social prescribing, empowering people to take greater control and responsibility over their own health through prevention, and personal health budgets.

An expansion of the NHS Digital Academy programme to improve digital leadership. More than 900,000 people in England now access IAPT services each year for adult anxiety disorders and depression.

"The £2.3bn ringfenced local investment fund for mental health will help alleviate the severe pressures on the system as well as improve and increase access to mental health services".

Measures outlined in the plan include providing mental health assistance to 345,000 more children and young people and offering whole genome sequencing to children with cancer and young people who have a rare genetic disorder.

Also included in the program are improvements in specific areas such as cancer, heart and lung diseases, autism, and learning disabilities.

The NHS will improve the quality and speed of diagnosis and improve treatment and recovery so we can help people to live well and manage their conditions. It is vital we have the right staff in the right places to provide care, and they need the right facilities to do so. Funded by taxpayers, designed by doctors, delivered by this government.

And I am proud to commend this statement to the House.