NHS Long Term Plan to tackle major killer conditions

The NHS Long Term Plan, published today, promises to save almost half a million more lives with practical action on major killer conditions and investment in cutting edge treatments.

Measures outlined by NHS leaders today aim to help prevent 100,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases over the next decade.

The plan covers technology, early detection and a renewed focus on prevention in its ambition to stop an estimated 85,000 premature deaths each year.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'Dementia is the biggest challenge facing our health and care system, and a number of proposals in the NHS Long Term Plan will help us meet this challenge.

The ambitions for integrated health and social care, and the proposed budget behind them, are hugely welcome.

We are also pleased to see plans to embed our Dementia Connect service in the system.

'We need urgent action to prioritise turning words into action. People with dementia have waited long enough for the support they need.'