NHS’ 10 YEAR PLAN
HOT OFF THE PRESS, LEEDS CITY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST, DR JONES LOOKS AT THE NHS 10 YEAR PLAN!
The NHS was 70 years old in 2018 which is amazing!
As well as celebrating the fact that we still have a ‘free at the point of access’ health care system – i.e people’s care is not dictated by their means to pay – when they attend an NHS service from their GP to A&E to Hospital Outpatients, it also raised many questions amongst health care providers, politicians and of course the general public.
Mainly along the lines of is it fit for purpose going forward with concerns about funding, staffing and an increasing and ageing population with more complex needs than ever and the increased prevalence of conditions such as Diabetes and Obesity, especially in the younger age groups.
The NHS and government set about a 10 year plan to address these issues, arranging consultations across the country from July to the end September 2018 with over 200 events taking place and input from patients’ groups, professional bodies and frontline NHS leaders.
An overview and summary of this can be found at:
The 5 main areas with the most potential for impact I’ve picked out are:
It is planned that by 2023-24 every patient in England will be able to access digital NHS primary care consultations from their own GP or a digital GP provider.
It is also thought that 30 million outpatient appointments will be saved through digital consultations and all acute community and mental health providers will be fully digitalised by 2024.
Health Inequalities and Public Health
More funding is to be provided to the areas of highest health inequalities with over £1 billion being invested by 2024 and £30 million being earmarked for rough sleeping and problem gambling. Smokers will get more help to quit and access to weight management services will be targeted at people with Type 2 Diabetes, High blood pressure and Obesity. Alcohol dependence will also be targeted with areas that have the highest rates of admission related to alcohol getting their own specialist alcohol care teams.
The aim is from 2020 onwards, to have a single multidisciplinary clinical assessment service working across 111, ambulance and GP out of hours services to make sure patients receive the most appropriate treatment and by late 2020 all areas in England will have an urgent treatment centre.
This will receive a growing share of the NHS budget, worth at least £2.3 billion a year by 2023- 24. Extra money will be targeted at mental health services for children and young adults with support teams in schools and colleges. There will also be more funding for crisis services.
The proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will aimed to be increased from 50% now to around 75% by 2028. New tests will be introduced for bowel and cervical cancer screening. CT screening for people at high risk of lung cancer will also be brought in and by 2023 more people will have access to genetic tests.
It will be an exciting time ahead combining our rapid advances in technology with good old fashion medical theory to hopefully provide the best treatment for all as the NHS was first set up to do back in 1948!
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