Stevens sets out top five priorities for the NHS over the next decade

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Following the Government’s announcement to increase NHS funding over the next 5 years and its request that the NHS develops a ‘10-year plan’ for how this additional funding will be used, Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has put forward five key priorities for the next decade, writes Alex Griffiths for Hospital Times.

These identify mental health services, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children’s services and health inequalities as the five key areas of focus for the future development of the NHS.

Improvements in mental health will specifically target children and young people’s services. This long-term objective will be pursued with an increased emphasis on addressing mental health problems within schools.

Following up on previous NHS targets to boost cancer outcomes, Stevens has stressed the importance of improving screening services to achieve earlier diagnoses and interventions. In addition to this, he has put forward a new focus on cardiovascular disease in light of evidence that the NHS is lagging behind on outcomes in this area.

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Source: Hospital Times