The Government has set out a blueprint to address backlogs built up during the COVID pandemic and tackle long waits for care with increased expansion in capacity for tests, checks and treatments. CSJ highlights the key pillars of the strategic plan.
NHS chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, and Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, have announced that the health service will build dozens more community diagnostic centres as part of the new elective care recovery plan. The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’ aims to give patients greater control over their own health and offer greater choice of where to get care if they are waiting too long for treatment.
The main focus of the recovery plan will be to:
Teams of specialists will be deployed to help patients prepare for their op, and groups of clinicians and teams will be able to get instant access to test results, offering patients faster clinical advice. The Government has also said it will increase capacity to deliver more procedures and scans to around nine million more tests and checks by 2025. Over a three-year period, the aim is to offer around 17 million more diagnostic tests – an increase in capacity of a quarter compared with the three years prior to the pandemic
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