- Created: Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:57
- Written by Hannah Caller
On 7 January, Prime Minister Theresa May launched what is called the NHS Long Term Plan, describing it as ‘a historic moment for patients across the nation.’ The Plan aims to base future care on ‘community care, population health and collaboration’. It claims that a redesign of outpatient services can replace 30 million appointments with online consultations by 2024, saving £1bn a year. Headline news includes DNA sequencing for all children with cancer, half a million lives saved by better disease prevention, a programme tackling health inequalities, better mental health and maternity care and better care for people with disabilities. The Plan also proposes legislative changes which will lead to the repeal of parts of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 dealing with procurement and competition. Behind the sound bites and the glossy packaging, however, the reality is a continued squeeze on NHS spending, and a staffing crisis for which the government has no solution. Hannah Caller reports.