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Image caption Has a bucket of cold water been poured over the long-term plan for the NHS? There was a fanfare of a launch for the NHS's long-term plan for England earlier this month. The prime minister and the head of NHS England shared a platform at a hospital in Liverpool and toured children's wards. Promises to accelerate detection of cancers and invest more in GP, community care and mental health were made. But now the official financial watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO), has thrown - if not a bucket then - at least a flask of cold water over the project. In its annual report on the financial sustainability of the NHS in England, the NAO argues there are many underlying proble... Full story

18 January