MP welcomes Long Term Plan for the NHS

Stafford MP, Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the launch the Long Term Plan for the NHS – hailing it is a historic moment for patients across the country.

The publication of the plan follows the announcement last year that the NHS would receive £20.5 billion extra by 2023-24. In return, the NHS was asked to develop a plan for how to spend this additional funding to transform patient care and make sure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely.

The plan is based on a new focus on prevention – keeping people out of hospital by improving their health and investing £4.5 billion in primary and community care, supporting GPs, health visitors and community nurses across Stafford.

There are also proposals to speed up the diagnosis and improve the treatment of serious conditions like cancer and strokes and increasing the NHS workforce.

New digital GP services will improve access and help people make appointments, manage prescriptions and view their health records online. Technology will help people manage long-term conditions, while digital health records will help different parts of the health and care system work together to deliver the care at the right time, in the right place.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “The Long Term Plan for the NHS will help protect the long term future of the NHS by ensuring every penny of the accompanying £20.5 billion of extra funding is spent wisely.

“I am pleased that it has been developed by the NHS, ensuring it will work for both patients and staff. Workforce is at the heart of the plan, with tens of thousands more doctors, nurses and other health professionals improving access to healthcare for people across Stafford and the rest of the country.

“The plan will ensure that the NHS is always there for families, from continuing to improve maternity safety to increasing health and social care integration to support older people. It is now vital that the measures in the plan are implemented as soon as possible.”