"Sadly so numerous measures outlined. are a rehash of what has already been promised for years", she tweeted. The agency is also implementing new digital techniques that will help efficient spending of the fund. Challenges Ahead An analysis by The King's Fund, an independent charity, noted that while funding has increased, the NHS needs to deal with hard decisions on how healthcare is delivered.
It will help people stay out of hospital by preventing ill health in the first place; provide more convenient care by treating and looking after patients closer to home; support the NHS to embrace new technology and ensure it is at the cutting-edge of new medicines and treatments; and will focus on training, recruiting and retaining the best staff.
"It is great to see the priorities in the plan support us in addressing these issues".
Plans unveiled today to deliver a NHS plan fit for the future with a focus on more integrated community care, saving more lives and promoting the use of digital technology has been welcomed by Staffordshire County Council's health chief.
The overall increase for NHS England is equivalent to an annual real terms rise of almost 3.5%, around twice the annual increase the NHS has received since 2010.
"A long-term strategy for improving its structure and patient outcomes on the NHS can't come soon enough - unfortunately, that is not what is being delivered by the government today".
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The document, which Downing Street has endorsed, warns that the legislation, which was pushed through by the then health secretary, Andrew Lansley, despite huge opposition, is damaging the NHS and stopping it from making vital improvements to the care patients receive.
In September 2015, there were 34,592 full-time equivalent Global Positioning System working in the NHS in England.
Purely in headcount terms, another 4,366 Global Positioning System would need to be recruited in the next year to meet this target.
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Mr Stevens acknowledged that although there are around 100,000 extra staff than there was a decade ago, there are also some 100,000 vacancies across the NHS in England - a situation he described as "something of a paradox".
The overall number of nurses and health visitors working for the NHS in England fell by nearly 8,500 between May 2010 and 2012 before going back up again by just over 11,500 by May 2018.
Such pledges will no doubt sound familiar, both in the short and longer term, as they have been rolled out ad nauseam over the years, numerous schemes meeting little success - examples include the scrapped £11bn National Programme for IT and the botched Care.Data programme.
But once you break it down by different types of nurse, you get a slightly different picture.
In five years, at least £2.3bn a year will be ring-fenced with a view to expanding mental health services to offer adults, young people and children faster access to community and crisis mental health services. And in community nursing, there was a fall of 15% between May 2010 and 2018. In April 2019, the NHS will assess services across England to establish which towns and cities need extra help.
"It tackles head on the pressures our staff face". World class care requires world class funding and the investment in the long-term plan will still leave the United Kingdom falling behind comparative nations like France and Germany.
The health service will take a more active role in helping people to cut their risk factors: stopping smoking, losing weight and reducing alcohol intake.
But Nigel Edwards from health think tank the Nuffield Trust said that while the plan's aims were right "there are several big pitfalls ahead", with the extra funding still below what experts thought was needed and a lack of key staff presenting "the biggest obstacle of all".
It says "international recruitment will be significantly expanded over the next three years" as well as introducing incentives for "shortage specialties and hard-to-recruit to geographies".