In the UK, National Health Service (NHS) bosses have said that a new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection, and that Global Positioning System, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases to shift the focus away from hospitals.
"Our ambition is to work with HM Government on a multi-year settlement for community pharmacy, setting out what pharmacies are working to achieve and what money will be available for doing so, and helping the sector to move towards a future in which pharmacies are fairly rewarded for providing a range of clinical services that benefit patients and the NHS".
The NHS also plans to make sure all software is able to communicate, lessening human error.
After the statement, Matt commented: "I very much welcome the new NHS Long Term Plan, which will help people at every stage in life to live well, and access the best possible medical care should they need it".More news: Billie Eilish Releases Video 'When I Was Older' Inspired by Film 'Roma'
Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), said the pharmacy sector would now have to work out how it fitted into the 10-year plan.
Dukes added that a reform of community pharmacy's reimbursement arrangements is needed to ensure a real contribution from the sector to the plan.
Although the Plan contains no chapter or even paragraph heading for oral health, the fact that it is mentioned in the context of holistic care for children represents significant progress, considering that it has been excluded from earlier strategies for the NHS.
Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists' Association (CCA), welcomed the involvement of pharmacy in the plans but called for more funding to "translate the ambition of this plan into reality".More news: FreeDive, new streaming service from Amazon's IMDb, offers free films, TV
The plan has also been welcomed by the chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association and CEO of Walnut Care - one of Lincolnshire's leading home care providers - Melanie Weatherley.
Nurses working within community health crisis response services will be expected to meet guideline recommendations and deliver services within two hours of referral by 2023.
During a statement to the House of Commons about the plan, Matt highlighted the need to focus on recruitment for areas which face staff shortages, such as Lincolnshire.
Among the promises included in the plan, which was launched by prime minister Theresa May on 7 January 2019, are technological improvements, including genetic testing for a quarter of people with familial hypercholesterolaemia - dangerously high inherited cholesterol - in an effort to test 30,000 people in the next five years.More news: Australian actor Craig McLachlan charged with sex offences
Part of this increase for primary care is due to a focus in the plan on prevention, to try to ease demand on health services in general and, in particular, to cut hospital admissions. "I look forward to seeing the Plan enacted and our NHS continue to go from strength to strength".