Comment: NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan launched today; a new plan for the NHS to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. The plan details how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, announced by the Prime Minister last year, will be spent over the next 5 years.

In response to the plan, CEO of Jessie May Chris Roys, said: “It is promising news that health and care leaders have developed the NHS Long Term Plan, published today, to improve care for patients. We are very pleased to see children’s palliative care and end of life care are important priorities for the NHS, and that plans are now in place to increase investment in local children’s palliative and end of life care services. As a children’s hospice at home charity, we understand how vital it is to support terminally ill children and their families, in their homes and communities, particularly when children reach the end of life.

“The NHS Long Term Plan reveals that cancer is now the biggest cause of premature death among children and young people aged 5-14 years. Many of the children Jessie May Nurses support are suffering from a form of cancer, and rely heavily on our support to make everyday life more bearable. Looking ahead, we hope the plan’s strategy ensures terminally ill children have access to the specialist expertise they require, and that the very best treatments available are delivered, as pledged.

“The plan also states that over the next five years, NHS England will increase its contribution by match-funding clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) who commit to increase their investment in local children’s palliative and end of life care services, including children’s hospices. We welcome this investment, and hope this will include the much-needed funding for at-home hospice care, of which Jessie May Nurses currently provide.

“We urge everyone to read the NHS Long Term Plan and understand how they can now have a say and help shape what the plan means for their area.”

You can read the NHS Long Term Plan in full by clicking here.

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