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Government publishes the long term plan for the NHS


The much anticipated long term plan is out. Entitled simply the NHS Long Term Plan, the document is a 134 page list of priorities for the next decade.

As expected, the document has a lot to say about prevention and self-care and restates long-running ambitions to see more care provided out of hospital. Headline ambitions include improving the English NHS’s record of early diagnosis of cancer and closing the gap between mental health and physical health services. Perhaps in a bid to reduce the level of expectation pinned to the delayed plan, NHS England is emphasising that while the long term plan is an “important milestone”, the job of turning it into detailed operational plans will fall to CCGs and other local organisations.

The document, along with other resources, can be read at www.longtermplan.nhs.uk.



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