The NHS long term plan: what does the future hold?

The NHS long term plan lays out a strategy for the modernisation, redesign, and expansion of the NHS. The plan focuses on priority areas for improvement, covered in seven chapters:

  • a new service model for the 21st century
  • more NHS action on prevention and health inequalities
  • further progress on care quality and outcomes
  • NHS staff will get the backing they need
  • digitally-enabled care will go mainstream across the NHS
  • taxpayers’ investment will be used to maximum effect
  • next steps.

The plan guides strategy for the entire NHS, but the role of specialised commissioning remains essential to delivery of many aspects of the plan.

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