The Government has launched a new 10 year plan for the NHS promising to improve services and save up to 500,000 lives a year by working to prevent and detect diseases earlier.

The plan promises increased funding for primary care services such as GPs, mental health services and community care and a revolution in how people will access healthcare with increased use of technology.

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Further information on the 10 year plan can be found at www.longtermplan.nhs.uk

Imelda Redmond, National Director of Healthwatch England welcomed the plan saying:

“Both the Long Term Plan itself, and the increased financial investment being made in the NHS, are very welcome and it’s positive to see so many of the issues raised by Healthwatch up and down the country being addressed.

“What’s most important about today’s announcement is the extent to which the NHS has listened to the views and experiences of those who use its services.

“The plan recognises the major challenges people face in getting an appointment with their GP, and in response the NHS is rebalancing resources and bringing in new technology to help fix this.

“It is also clear that health service leaders have heard people’s desire to see mental health given much greater emphasis, particularly for young people.

“Healthwatch has played its part by bringing over 85,000 people’s experiences of care into the planning process, with the response of NHS leaders showing what difference it makes when people speak up and share their views.

“But the plan itself is just the start. Across the country, communities will now will come together with those running local hospitals and doctors’ surgeries to work out how this national plan is going to work in their area.

“Over the coming weeks we will be reaching out to every part of the country to give people a say, so if you want to shape what the NHS will look like in 10 years’ time get in touch with your Healthwatch.”