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New plan for NHS tackling ‘major killer conditions’ to save up to 500,000 lives

The NHS Long Term Plan, published today (7 January) outlines how over three million people will be treated from new stroke, respiratory and cardiac services over the next decade.

The measures, supported by £4.5bn in new service model funding, will help prevent over 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and cases of dementia, according to the plan.

Measures in the plan will also help over three million people through improved stroke, respiratory and cardiac services over the next 10 years, it said.

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Around 30,000 people with dangerously high inherited cholesterol levels will be genetically tested –around a quarter of those affected.

Roughly 80,000 hospital admissions could be avoided through investing in earlier detection and better treatment of respiratory conditions. Smart inhalers will also be piloted, allowing patients to monitor their condition at all times.

Every hospital with a major A&E department will offer same day emergency care, meaning that patents will be treated and discharged in the same day, avoiding the need for overnight stays.