As medicine advances, health needs change and society develops, the NHS has to continually move forward so that in 10 years time we have a service fit for the future.

NHS England leaders say that the Long Term Plan could save up to 500,000 lives over the next ten years by focusing on prevention and early detection.

The plan comes after the Government announced the NHS budget would be increased by £20bn a year by 2023 with the biggest funding increases set for GPs, mental health and community care.

Watch the video below from NHS England to find out what the Long Term Plan means for you.

You can read more about how the NHS Long Term Plain aims to improve care and outcomes for patients in the next ten years by reading the below summary document.

NHS Long Term Plan Summary Document.

What next?

Local NHS organisations will be working with their local councils to develop and implement their own plans for the next five years.

These strategies will set out how they intend to take the ambitions from the NHS Long Term Plan and turn them into action to improve services and the health and wellbeing of their local communities, with a specific requirement to reduce health inequalities.

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