Primary care to receive £4.5bn investment under NHS long-term plan

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And over 10 years, the plan will prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases and ensure that each year 1,600 stroke patients avoid long term disability and 55,000 more people will survive cancer each year. "They have failed to recruit and train the staff desperately needed, leaving our NHS struggling with chronic shortages of over 100,000 staff".

As part of new measures, NHS England will also introduce a scheme to help half-a-million people stop smoking.

The plan also aims to provide genetic testing for a quarter of people with dangerously high inherited cholesterol, reaching around 30,000 people. This will see the Diabetes Prevention Programme expanded, smart inhalers piloted to aid prevention of admissions with respiratory conditions, and patients with cardiac conditions put through a healthy living and exercise plan each year.

- Cutting-edge scans and the potential use of artificial intelligence to improve stroke care.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: 'GPs are open to working differently in the best interests of patient care, and we know that working in larger groupings can be beneficial in terms of increased peer support, building resilience in the system and working more collaboratively - and primary care networks build on models that have been shown to be successful.

Because we value the NHS so much, the new £20.5 billion funding settlement announced by the Prime Minister in June provides the NHS with funding growth of 3.4% a year in real terms over the next 5 years.

Following the publishing of the NHS's long-term plan today by Theresa May and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, a greater focus will be placed on integrated care, improving outcomes for major diseases, and the commitment to save up to 500,000 more lives over the next decade. By 2023/24, at least 345,000 more children and young people aged 0-25 years old will be able to access support via the NHS and school or college-based Mental Health Support Teams.

A substantial chunk of the plan focuses on how mental health services will be improved between now and 2029, by improving waiting times, providing a universal helpline for those in crisis, and investing money into services supporting children and young people.

'Ambition needs to be tempered with realism about the deep-seated difficulties facing the NHS and social care and the time needed to address them, ' Chris Ham, former chief executive at the Fund, and Richard Murray, the current chief executive, wrote on the report.

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About two million more people who suffer anxiety, depression or other problems can expect to receive help over the next decade.

Mr Stevens said the plan "keeps all that's good about our health service and its place in our national life".

He said: "It tackles head on the pressures our staff face".

So, first, the biggest increase in funding - at least £4.5 billion - will go to primary and community care, because Global Positioning System are the bedrock of the NHS.

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

"Targeted specialist help for people who are alcohol dependent will be welcomed by all within the industry", said John Timothy, chief executive of the Portman Group.

We will continue to work with NHS England to try and implement these vital funding posts to ensure that those diagnosed with a brain tumour are benefitting from a vibrant and engaging research area to improve their survival and quality of life.

He added: "We feel this is a missed opportunity for the government to also launch its long-awaited adult social care green paper and proposals for the sustainable funding of these services". 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.

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