The NHS publish it's Long Term Plan, setting out how it will make the organisation fit for the future. It details the improvements it wants to make over the next decade – whether giving every child the best start in life, improving care for major conditions or helping people to age well - and how it intends to achieve them, addressing the challenges that the NHS faces now.
The plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, including frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts. And they have benefited from hearing a wide range of views, whether through the 200 events that have taken place, and or the 2,500 submissions that were received from individuals and groups representing the opinions and interests of 3.5 million people.
The full document, along with other resources, can be read at www.longtermplan.nhs.uk.
The publication of the plan is one important milestone. NHS organisations across the country now need to work together with their local partners, patients, staff and the public, to determine how they will deliver these improvements and make the NHS Long Term Plan a reality – building on what they have already achieved over recent years.