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Observations Health Policy

What the NHS long term plan leaves out

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 10 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l107
  1. Andy Cowper, editor
  1. Health Policy Insight
  1. andycowper{at}

Meaningful progress in the plan’s goals will depend on wider reform

The NHS Long Term Plan, published this week,1 is defined as much by what it omits as what it contains. It includes, of course, headline friendly new aims: DNA sequencing for all children with cancer; the saving of 500 000 lives through improved prevention; earlier diagnosis of cancer; and improvements in mental health and maternity care. Under the plan, funding for primary care, mental health, and community services is set to increase more quickly than the rest of the NHS budget.

And one aspect included in the plan is …

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