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NHS long-term plan: Focus on prevention 'could save 500,000 lives'


NHS bosses in England say a new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection.

GPs, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases.

But unions are concerned that staffing shortages could undermine the ambitions - one in 11 posts are currently vacant.

The aim is to curb the reliance on hospitals, leading some senior doctors to warn they were facing a "near-on impossible task."

Society of Acute Medicine president Dr Nick Scriven said he was "staggered" by the plans given the problems facing hospitals.

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