"Happy New Year.
This week the Prime Minister and NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens launched a long term plan for the NHS, which includes the biggest cash boost to the health service in its history. By 2023–24 the NHS will receive an extra £20.5 billion a year in real terms. As well as transforming patient care the plan will have a much greater focus on prevention – with £4.5bn a year invested in primary and community care promoting good health and more rapid diagnostics.
I particularly welcome the focus on supporting our ageing population and increasing independence, which is something Suffolk GPs and health professionals have raised with me in the past. The plan will support people to age well by bringing different health and care teams together, making sure older people are getting the support they need to remain independent and to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions. I know from my stay in hospital last year that extra support in the community is absolutely crucial to enable patients to be discharged quickly from hospital. Importantly, mental health provision will also be boosted by an additional £2.3bn a year, which will include 24-hour access to mental health crisis care as well as mental health support in schools. This additional money has given the health service the certainty it needs to deliver its 10-year long term plan meaning they can get on and recruit more doctors and nurses - ensuring the NHS is there for you and your family in the future as it has been in the past.
The third stage of public consultation on Sizewell C is now open - www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c/proposals/stage-3. There have been quite a few changes since the last round of consultation so I would encourage you to read and reply to the consultation document which closes on the 29th March. EDF are also holding a series of public exhibitions across eastern Suffolk throughout January. Details of which can be found on their website."
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