With growing pressure on the NHS – an ageing population, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.
The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS and sets out in a long term plan all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country.
Their Long Term Plan proposes making it easier for people to access support closer to home and via technology, doing more to help people stay well, and providing better support for people with cancer, mental health conditions, heart and lung diseases, long-term conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities and autism, and for people as they get older and experience conditions such as dementia.
Some of the ways that the NHS wants to improve care for patients over the next ten years are:
Oxfordshire Healthwatch have commissioned a survey to find out what you would do with the money, for example: