The NHS unveiled its new long-term plan with a focus that is familiar to The Big Issue – prevention.
We, at The Big Issue, aim to reduce homelessness by preventing people from falling into poverty in the first place and that approach is central to the health service’s new 4.5bn plans for England.
Prevention coupled with new technology and early detection methods will aim to stop an estimated 85,000 premature deaths each year as well as 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases. The Diabetes Prevention Programme will also be expanded.
More than three million people will also be able to access new and improved stroke, respiratory and cardiac services over the next decade while neonatal care and integrated support for the elderly is also a consideration.
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It is estimated that around 23,000 premature deaths and 50,000 hospital admissions will be prevented over the next decade by putting over 100,000 patients with heart problems through a healthy living and exercise programme every year. Mental health services have also been promised at least £2.3bn a year by 2023/24 to help around two million people who experience anxiety, depression or other mental health problems.