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NHS Long Term Plan is big on ambition, so why is it short of nurses’ support?

Critics say the 10-year strategy cannot succeed until the NHS staffing crisis is resolved
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Critics say the ten-year strategy cannot succeed until the NHS staffing crisis is resolved

Major concerns have been raised over how the vision for nursing contained in the NHS Long Term Plan will be delivered.

The plan, published this month, sets out the government's ten-year blueprint for the NHS in England, with a focus on prevention, digital access to services and sustained workforce pressures.

But critics say the strategy's aims for healthcare are undeliverable as long as the NHS staffing crisis continues . Of the current 108,000 vacancies, more than 40,000 are nurses' posts. And then of course, there is the climate of political instability stemming from Brexit.

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