NHS Long Term Plan - summary
The NHS Long Term Plan was published on 7 January 2019. It sets out the priorities for the new funding settlement announced in June 2018 – a real terms increase of £20.5bn by 2023/24 representing an average increase of revenue funding of 3.4% per annum, compared to an average of 2.2% in recent years.
Views on the deliverability of the plan will vary, particularly as some aspects of implementation will depend on spending review decisions later this year and the direction of travel for social care. The plan recognises existing financial pressures and workforce challenges and takes some steps to manage these risks whilst accepting that further nationally-led work is necessary to alleviate these constraints.