NHS 10-year plan launched in bid to save 500000 lives

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She said: "Over the coming years we in NHS Digital, working closely with our partners across the system, will work to make digital access to health and care services as pervasive as it is now across other sectors". About 23,000 premature deaths could be prevented by putting 100,000 people with heart complaints through a healthy living and exercise programme every year.

When Prime Minister Theresa May promised an extra £20bn for NHS England by 2023, she set a condition - the health service had to draw up a long-term plan setting out how it would spend it.

He said: "The Tories have spent nine years running down the NHS".

Mrs May said that the ambitions set out in the plan, which several experts warned would be hard to achieve, was affordable in part because the United Kingdom would no longer be sending "vast annual sums" to Brussels after it leaves the European Union.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said the plans could prove to be an "undeliverable wish list".

AOP professional adviser, Henry Leonard, added: "We are really pleased to see the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities specifically recognised in the plan".

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Efforts to tackle respiratory conditions and prevent 80,000 hospital admissions will see patients given "smart inhalers" which are Bluetooth-enabled so patients' conditions can be monitored wherever they are.

- There will be genetic testing for about 30,000 people with dangerously high inherited cholesterol.

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.

The NHS said it would "open a digital "front door" to the health service", allowing patients to be able to access health care at the touch of a button.

Long-awaited details of the NHS Long Term Plan - which is to be funded by a government investment of £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24 and aims to transform patient care while spending tax payers' money more efficiently - have now been unveiled.

The blueprint for spending over the next decade will see an enhanced investment in Global Positioning System, community care and mental health.

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Our Long Term Plan will ensure the NHS continues to be there, free at the point of use, based on clinical need, not ability to pay, better resourced with more staff. Data showed that one-sixth of people aged 16 years and below who suffer from a mental health problem have to wait an average of four hours.

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

"It tackles head on the pressures our staff face".

Commenting on the publication of the plan, AOP chief executive, Henrietta Alderman, said the long-term plan set the right direction of travel for the NHS by recognising the importance of community and primary care in reducing health inequalities.

"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.

"If the NHS is to better meet the needs of patients and the public in these important areas of mental illness, cancer and long-term conditions, it must recognise the value of the highly skilled and qualified nursing workforce and the harsh realities on the NHS frontline".

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"In light of that, we are calling for the establishment of a cross government body to lead a public mental health approach in key areas such as education, criminal justice, housing and social care which could do much to address the causes of mental ill-health".

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