Parliamentary briefing: Government plans for changes to the NHS Long Term plan in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic
- The NHS Long Term Plan was published in January 2019, following an announcement in June 2018 from the then government of a £20.5bn annual real terms uplift for the NHS by 2023/24.
- NHS Providers welcomed the ambitious aspirations and wide-ranging vision for the future of the health service set out in plan. However, we have consistently stressed the need to prioritise the ambitions set out in the LTP and called on decision makers to clearly set out what should be delivered, by when, considering funding and workforce constraints.
- The combination of years of underfunding and rising demand; the current government’s ambitious manifesto commitments; and the pressures and additional costs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now widespread agreement that there is a significant mismatch between demand and capacity. While delivering the LTP as it stands initially seemed ambitious, we are now clear that reprioritisation is needed to ensure the ‘ask’ of the NHS is matched with appropriate resource.