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NHS long-term plan: What does it mean for BMA members?


On the 7th January NHS England published their much anticipated long-term plan for the NHS. This briefing for members provides a summary of the key announcements, and what they may mean for doctors.

The plan sets the strategic direction for the NHS in England over the next 10-years, and will be followed by local areas developing their own plans to deliver the ambitions within it. The BMA will continue to engage locally and nationally to ensure that, now the long-term plan has been published, we help ensure it delivers a health service that doctors want to work in, and that provides high-quality care for patients.

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.

Read our media response

Read our response to NHS England’s consultation



Our briefing gives an overview and our analysis of the following key areas:

  • Workforce
  • NHS funding
  • Service reform
  • Prevention and health inequalities
  • Care quality and outcomes
  • Digital and technology
  • Next steps and proposed legislative change

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