Next year the NHS turns 70. New treatments for a growing and aging population mean that pressures on the service are greater than they have ever been. But treatment outcomes are far better – and public satisfaction higher – than ten or twenty years ago.
The NHS needs to adapt to take advantage of the opportunities that science and technology offer patients, carers and those who serve them. But it also needs to evolve to meet new challenges: we live longer, with complex health issues, sometimes of our own making.
The measures set out in this plan will deliver a more responsive NHS in England, focussed on the issues which matter most to the public. And that is on a more sustainable footing, so that it can continue to deliver health and high quality care – now and for future generations.
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