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The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform

  • Document type:
    Command paper
  • Author:
    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    1 July 2000
  • Primary audience:
    Professionals
  • Product number:
    010481829
  • Gateway reference:
    Not required
  • Series number:
    Cm 4818-I
  • Pages:
    144
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown Copyright

The NHS Plan outlines the vision of a health service designed around the patient: a new delivery system for the NHS as well as changes between health and social services, changes for NHS doctors, for nurses, midwives, therapists and other NHS staff, for patients and in the relationship between the NHS and the private sector.

Despite its many achievements the NHS has failed to keep pace with changes in society. Since March 2000 specialist teams have been preparing an NHS plan with the vision of a health service designed around the patient. This vision is outlined at the beginning of this report followed by a look at the NHS now. The report then outlines options for funding healthcare and for investing in NHS facilities and NHS staff. The plan outlines a new delivery system for the NHS as well as changes between health and social services, changes for NHS doctors, for nurses, midwives, therapists and other NHS staff. The plan also outlines changes for patients and in the relationship between the NHS and the private sector. The remainder of the plan sets out strategies for cutting waiting time for treatment and improving health and reducing inequality. Actions for tackling clinical priorities and for services to older people are discussed and the reform programme outlined.

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Associated documents

Delivering the NHS Plan, published in 2002, presents a report of progress on the objectives set by the original document. The technical supplement provides guidance on setting targets, monitoring and assessing performance.

The Shifting Gears consultation helped to lay the foundations of the NHS Plan. Patients, carers and the general public were consulted for their view of the NHS as it was, and the improvements they wanted to see

As part of the implementation programme, strategies and plans were developed in 2000/2001 for individual professional groups within the NHS.

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