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Letters NHS long term plan and public health

NHS long term plan is just one part of the picture

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l742 (Published 19 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l742
  1. Ryan C Swiers, specialty registrar, public health
  1. South East Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia
  1. ryan.swiers{at}nhs.net

In recognising that the NHS 10 year plan “seeks to contribute what is within its compass,” Chapman and Middleton explain why any plan constrained by organisational boundaries cannot be a comprehensive plan for “health, wellbeing, equality, and care.”1

Although the plan is limited in tackling upstream determinants,2 much of the secondary prevention proposed, such as in-hospital support for smokers, should be welcomed. This comes as shrinking …

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