“I will fight for the Alex’s fair share of the £20.5billion for the NHS” – that’s the message from Rachel as the Prime Minister launches the NHS Long Term Plan.

On Monday (January 7th), the Prime Minister launched the plan which will provide the NHS with unprecedented certainty to plan for the next decade, ensuring patients in Redditch and across the UK will be supported with world-class healthcare at every stage of their life.

The Long Term Plan is backed up by the Conservative Government’s investment of £20.5billion a year in real terms by 2023-24 – the biggest NHS cash boost in history.

There are six key parts to the plan which will ensure the NHS is:

  • Providing the best maternity care in the world by ensuring every baby gets the best start in life by continuing to improve maternity safety, and providing greater mental health support to new parents.
  • Supporting ageing and increasing independence by supporting people to age well by bringing different health and care teams together to make sure older people are getting the support they need to remain independent, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.
  • Improving outcomes for all major conditions through better prevention, detection, treatment and recovery from serious diseases which will improve health outcomes so people live longer and healthier. For mental health services, greater support will be provided to almost 350,000 more children and young people, and at least an extra 380,000 adults over the next five years.
  • Improving access to mental health, primary care and community services with tens of thousands more doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
  • Bringing the NHS into digital age by rolling out new digital technologies to deliver improved access to NHS services. This will mean everyone in the country will have digital access to their GP, including being able to make appointments, manage prescriptions and view their health records online.
  • Cutting waste across the NHS by continuing to make sure taxpayers’ money is spent efficiently, including through introducing new digital techniques and making back office savings of more than £700 million across the NHS.

In welcoming the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan, Rachel said: “The NHS has always been there for me and my family, as I know it has been for all my constituents. The Long Term Plan will ensure our NHS will continue to provide outstanding care to us all in our time of need.

“I received hundreds of letters and emails from constituents calling on the Government to increase funding to the NHS. I put their case to Health Ministers on numerous occasions and I’m glad the Government has listened.

“As the MP for Redditch, it’s my job to get the best for our town and for the Alex. I will fight for the Alex’s fair share of the £20.5billion for the NHS which will help secure the future of our hospital. Be in no doubt, the Alex has a bright future with new services opening and investment going into it. I will ensure this continues.”