As the biggest employer in Europe, the nHS has seen increasing pressure on its services over the past decade. Additional funding will be used to increase clinical places by 50 per cent between 2020 and 2021. GPs currently provide 400 million face- to-face appointments a year, which the plan aims to supplement with the introduction of digital consultations. The nHS believes that this, alongside an overhauled outpatient service, could save over £1 billion a year. Through enabling individuals to become more responsible for their own healthcare, the plan aimed to progress towards a “shared responsibility for health”, focusing on the personalisation of care.
A move towards integrated care systems was a hallmark of nHS policy of late. Intended to cover all of England by April 2021, the focus of the ICS model will be the overall health of the population. The plan will allow for flexible interpretation of the model on a local level. Boris Johnson has remarked that the plan demonstrates that “this one-nation Tory party … has already embarked on the biggest cash boost for the nHS for a generation.” As The Parliamentary Review goes to print, many of the Conservatives’ pledges surrounding the long Term Plan have been fleshed out. It remains to be seen, however, how they will be executed.
The plan marks a shift towards integrated care systems with a focus on the overall health of the population