Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

GambleAware hails NHS problem gambling treatment plan

GambleAware hails NHS problem gambling treatment plan

The Plan, for the first time time, envisages faster growth in primary, community and mental health care investment than that of overall NHS budget with a £4.5 billion funding boost.

Described as a blueprint to make the NHS fit for the future, as part of the plan there is a pledge to spend an extra £4bn a year on a range of measures, from improving neonatal care to transforming mental health provision.

The Portman Group said over the weekend that new "alcohol care teams" would prove more effective and cost efficient than a catch-all measure. "In addition, better care and support for people living with heart failure will significantly improve quality of life for many".

Independent economists and think tanks have estimated that the new money is only enough for the NHS to meet its existing commitments, including meeting key performance targets that have been missed for several years.

He said: "Every contact a health professional has with a patient is an opportunity to help the patient give up smoking - having a system in place to treat tobacco dependency with allocated funding will help make it happen".

"We're slipping against the targets despite the fact we're actually doing more, the demand is outstripping that", Mrs May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

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Patients are to be given the option of "digital first" primary care as part of the new NHS Long Term Plan, published today by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

She said: "We welcome the increased focus and funding for community health services and mental health".

The NHS long-term plan involves greater use of high-tech treatments and diagnostic testing and could prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases.

Next, the principle is that organisations across the NHS, local councils, innovators, and the voluntary sector, will all work more closely together so that they can focus on what patients need.

Ahead of the launch of the plan, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We need to see a big shift in the way that health services are delivered so that essentially we focus on prevention as much as we do on cure".

However, experts have criticised the new plan, saying it failed to address the "harsh realities" caused by difficulties in recruitment and increased pressure on staff.

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Full details of the plan are set to be unveiled on Monday 7 January by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Prime Minister Teresa May.

Whilst we welcome the commitment to providing safer and more precise treatments, part of the problem of poor access to treatments is not just advancing treatments to come to market but also enabling already marketed treatments to get to patients quicker. The agency is also implementing new digital techniques that will help efficient spending of the fund. Challenges Ahead An analysis by The King's Fund, an independent charity, noted that while funding has increased, the NHS needs to deal with hard decisions on how healthcare is delivered. The NHS expects to source more funding to use through the second half of the implementation with more than 700 million pounds of back-office savings.

Along these lines, generally, there is a lack of brain cancer scientists in the United Kingdom and this is hampering both scientific research and collective progress.

It said: Despite the real progress made over the last 20 years, the UK's cancer survival still lags behind the best performing countries in the world - and by 2035, one person every minute will be diagnosed with cancer. "They have failed to recruit and train the staff desperately needed, leaving our NHS struggling with chronic shortages of over 100,000 staff".

"The green paper and the NHS long term plan should have been developed in parallel".

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