'Given that there are 100,000 staff vacancies within the NHS, the long-term sustainability of the health service requires a robust workforce plan that addresses the reality of the staffing crisis across primary, secondary and community care. It is good to see an NHS plan that looks beyond the political cycle and towards what is best for the health of our nation. "While there are initiatives in the plan to build the workforce, they need to be matched with action from central government to secure training budgets and a supportive migration policy to allow worldwide recruitment that is vital to staffing the NHS".
It sets out how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS from last summer will be spent over the next five years and includes a strong emphasis on the use of digital technology to relieve existing pressures on the healthcare system.
The report - which is long on buzzwords and short on substance - also referenced the use of artificial intelligence to aid decision-support, the use of predictive tools to support the development of local health services, and linking genomic "and other data" to support the development of new treatments.
"The BMA supports increased investment in general practice and community care".
It is part of the aim to make digital services a mainstream part of the health service.
Commenting on the publication of the plan, AOP chief executive, Henrietta Alderman, said the long-term plan set the right direction of travel for the NHS by recognising the importance of community and primary care in reducing health inequalities.
There is also concern that the plan can only provide a partial answer to the challenges facing the NHS until the government sets out its social care strategy. The NHS 10-year plan is the first long-term plan of its kind in almost two decades, since Tony Blair unveiled a new "fundamental" blueprint for NHS reform, which included a maximum six-month waiting time limit for referral for inpatient procedures, free fruit for infant school children, and an increase in funding for NHS staff in 2000.
The government has also pledged "to make greater use of community pharmacists' skills and opportunities to engage patients, while also exploring further efficiencies through reform of reimbursement and wider supply arrangements".
Meanwhile, NHS doctors will be able to access specialist mental health support, providing a safe, confidential non-stigmatising service to turn to when they are struggling and need help.
The Government had already reported that within the next five years, "every patient in England will have a new right to choose digital-first primary care - usually from their own practice or, if they prefer, from one of the new digital GP providers". "In addition, better care and support for people living with heart failure will significantly improve quality of life for many".
We are especially pleased to see more support for young people's mental health where additional resources for core services and those that support the transition to adult services are much needed.
"In aiming for parity between physical and mental health services these plans demonstrate a clear commitment to mental health through increased spending and introducing access standards".
National Health Service Trusts have already been told they can't buy any more fax machines from this month, and the devices will be banned by 2020.
The NHS also estimated that 55,000 lives could be saved each year by implementing new testing methods that will mean three quarters of cancer patients are diagnosed early when the condition is easier to treat.
And we will upgrade urgent care so people can get the right care more quickly.
Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, welcomed the long-term plan, saying:."The fact NHS bosses are now proposing significant changes to the Health and Social Care Act confirms what a wasteful, bureaucratic disaster it was in the first place".
Our Long Term Plan will ensure the NHS continues to be there, free at the point of use, based on clinical need, not ability to pay, better resourced with more staff.