NHS Blueprint Welcomed - Now Long-Term Plan for Social Care Needed

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The NHS long-term plan will put primary care at the forefront by giving it an additional £4.5bn worth of funding each year, ensuring investment in these services will grow faster than the overall NHS budget.

As part of the initiative, expert teams will work in up to 50 hospitals across the country to deliver alcohol checks and provide access to healthcare within 24 hours if problems are found - including counselling, medically assisted help to give up alcohol and support to help abstain from drink.

The plan also focuses on prevention, with ramped up support for people to manage their own health and wellbeing - this includes apps and online resources to support good mental health and enable recovery.

Concerns have been raised particularly around the staffing and funding outlined within the proposal.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: The whole objective of the NHS has to shift to helping people stay healthy as much as helping them when they are ill, as part of a move to prevention rather than cure. He told the BBC that there are "record numbers of Global Positioning System in training" and there are "still lots of people" trying to become nurses in the UK.

Speaking on LBC, the health secretary said that the NHS would be "stronger" after Brexit "not least because we're putting all this extra money into it". If enacted, these changes would "remove the counterproductive effect that general competition rules and powers can have on the integration of NHS care", the document adds.

The organisation warned that health and social care services relied heavily on staff from the European Economic Area (EEA), and estimated more than 5 per cent of the regulated nursing profession, 5 per cent of allied health professionals, 9 per cent of doctors and 16 per cent of dentists came from inside the EEA. Young people are left to fend for themselves, which can lead to a mental health issue developing into serious mental health condition.

Create teams in schools to support those with mild to moderate mental health problems.

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In September 2015, there were 34,592 full-time equivalent Global Positioning System working in the NHS in England.

The NHS claims nearly half a million more lives will be saved over the next 10 years as a result of the new plan with investment in world-class, cutting-edge treatments including genomic tests for every child with cancer.

He also revealed the government's delayed plans for an overhaul of social care will be published "in the coming weeks" to coincide with the new NHS plan.

The plan suggested that a 24/7 crisis response will be available for adults and older adults by 2020/21, with home treatment offered as an alternative to inpatient admission.

Improved maternity care safety and a greater provision of mental health support to tackle post-natal depression.

Greater mental health support for nearly 350,000 young people and children, as well as 380,000 adults over the next five years.

At the heart of this plan is the principle that prevention is better than cure.

Increasing the NHS workforce (currently, one in 11 posts are vacant).

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It means access to new digital services to bring the NHS into the 21st century.

Prime Minister Theresa May said that the investment would help "transform" services for patients who would experience "world class treatment".

But senior doctors are warning that hospitals are already missing targets and services will get worse as the population ages.

'The NHS in England is already short of more than 40,000 nurses and the figure is rising.

Under "The NHS Long-Term Plan", primary care networks will be part of shared savings schemes, through which they will keep savings made by medication reviews carried out by pharmacists.

NHS England chief Simon Stevens said the plan also "tackles head on" the pressures faced by health staff.

The NHS in England will receive the first chunk of the new money - an extra £6bn - from April this year.

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