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News Release - Survey finds that NHS Long Term Plan fails to deliver for current staff

News Release - Survey finds that NHS Long Term Plan fails to deliver for current staff

Six out of 10 (61%) people do not believe the government's NHS Long Term Plan offers enough support to existing staff, according to new figures released today.

And a further third are reserving judgment, saying either they are unsure (10%) or that it is too early to say (21%) whether the plan does enough for those already working within the NHS.

The poll of 3,300 people was conducted by Wesleyan, a specialist financial services mutual for doctors, following the Government's announcement on Monday (7 January) on how it intends to manage and improve the NHS.

Backed by a £20.5bn funding boost, the NHS Long Term Plan sets out a series of aims to strategically improve the NHS through enhanced patient services, more primary care and increased efficiency.

Fewer than one in 10 (8%) said they believed the plan offered enough support to staff, with some respondents claiming the plan lacks 'credibility'.

Vicki Wentworth, Chief Customer Officer at Wesleyan, said: "Our team of financial consultants speak to NHS doctors and GPs every day, so we understand the great deal of pressure they are under.

"Many NHS staff expected and hoped that this long-awaited plan would provide the answers to some of the issues and challenges their sector faces, including staff shortages, long working hours and underfunding.

"But as our survey suggests, the public already think that this long-term plan is missing key details on how it intends to support existing NHS staff. Those working in the sector and the public will be looking forward to finding out more on how this will be achieved when the Workforce Management Plan is launched later this year."

* Data taken from an online Twitter poll of 3,300 people carried out between 7th and 9th January 2019

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