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31st January 2013
Steve Lowden is chair of the Patient & Public Advisory Group
Out and about last week at a Healthier Together event at Milton Keynes Christian Centre for stakeholders involved and interested in tackling the challenges posed by long term health conditions.
Despite a pretty chilly day, it was great to see so many people from voluntary and community organisations right across the South East Midlands making the effort to come along and contribute their views.
I felt a real sense of enthusiasm from people who have fantastic knowledge of what it’s like at grassroots level. This bank of local experience and skills is going to be invaluable in supporting Healthier Together’s development of detailed proposals which will then be the subject of public consultation.
If there is certainty about any aspect of the future of our health services in the South East Midlands it is that if we do not change the way we handle Long Term Conditions, we’re going to get swamped.
Getting on for one in three people in England have at least one long term health condition. Around seven out of every ten days spent in an NHS hospital bed in England are taken up by people with Long Term Conditions like diabetes, heart disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
This scale of challenge can only be met if we draw together all our resources – that includes specialist, hospital-based expertise, the knowledge of GPs, care services and third sector organisations as well as the experience of individual patients – to create a co-ordinated, comprehensive response.
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
Our recommendations will be based on clinical evidence and local need