This week, the Prime Minister launched the Long Term Plan for the NHS – a historic moment for patients in North East Bedfordshire and 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 in NE Bedfordshire.
It will also speed up diagnosis and improve the treatment of serious conditions such as cancer and stroke, increasing the NHS workforce and bringing the NHS into the digital age.
“Workforce is at the heart of the Plan and I am pleased it has been developed by the NHS in partnership with clinicians, patients, families and medical experts. This ensures it will work for both patients and staff, with tens of thousands more doctors, nurses and other health professionals improving access to healthcare for people in NE Bedfordshire and across the country.
Some technical changes will help Bedford Hospital deliver even better services, and the community focus will respond to the changing needs of society. It is good news for constituents”.
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