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Long-term plan for NHS England ‘undeliverable’ amid staffing crisis

May says plan setting out £20.5bn budget increase guarantees health service’s future

Theresa May has said the government’s long-term plan for the NHS in England will secure its future for generations to come, as critics claimed the proposals were undeliverable in the light of a big staffing shortfall.

Launching the long-awaited10-year blueprint at Alder Hey children’s hospital, in Liverpool, on Monday, which will set out how the NHS in England will spend the £20.5bn budget increase the prime minister has promised, May said taking a long-term view would transform healthcare.

Many of the details, including developments in genomics, cutting-edge surgery and artificial intelligence to help save hundreds of thousands more lives, had been trailed in advance. May used her speech instead to portray the overall package of measures as a gamechanger for the health service.

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