BMA report

Analysis of the NHS Long Term Plan

This briefing for members provides a summary of the announcements in the long-term plan and what they may mean for doctors.

Location: England
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020
Topics: NHS delivery and workforce
NHS Structure Article Illustration

On 7 January 2019 NHS England published their long-term plan for the NHS. 

The plan sets the strategic direction for the NHS in England over the next 10-years. It will be followed by local areas developing their own plans to deliver the ambitions within it.

We have been clear that while it sets out welcome ambitions, these will be difficult to deliver in the face of inadequate funding, staffing gaps, pressures on social care, and the risks that Brexit poses to the NHS.


What you'll get from this guide

  • What the plan outlines for key areas.
  • Our analysis on what the long-term plan means for you.
  • How the long-term plan fits against BMA recommendations for NHS delivery.
  • Workforce
  • NHS funding
  • Service reform
  • Prevention and health inequalities
  • Care quality and outcomes
  • Digital and technology
  • Next steps and proposed legislative change