Up to 500,000 more lives will be saved in the next decade by improving treatment for major killers including cancer and heart disease, the NHS has revealed in its long-term plan.

Plans unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May include a commitment to make the NHS the first health service anywhere in the world to offer genomic tests to every child diagnosed with cancer.

The NHS says the measures, which will also see adults with rare conditions receive genomic analysis, will ensure early detection of three out of every four cancers by 2028, up from the current rate of one in two.

Described as a “blueprint to make the NHS fit for the future”, the plan includes a pledge to spend an extra £4bn a year on a range of measures, from improving neonatal care to transforming mental health provision.

NHS England says using new technology such as remote GP consultations and a “renewed focus” on prevention will prevent 85,000 premature deaths a year in a decade.

They also claim 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases will be prevented, and promise three million people will benefit from improved stroke, respiratory and cardiac services.


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