Have Your Say on the future of the NHS

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The NHS ‘Long Term Plan’

With growing pressure on the NHS – people living longer, more people living with long-term conditions, 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. The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan, setting out all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country. This includes: 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 long-term health conditions.

But whilst the national plan has set some clear goals, it’s up to local areas to decide how they’re achieved. Now it’s time for people to have their say and help shape what the delivery of the plan should look like in their communities.

Have your say

Two national online surveys are being circulated to gather views from local people about your local NHS services and the opportunity for you to have a say at a local level which will be used to shape these services in the future. So we are asking if all of our volunteers can you complete the survey (about 5 minutes of your time!) so that a strong message is sent from “Torbay”.

Healthwatch Torbay will be sharing the findings from the national report once the information has been collated, and is also undertaking a more in-depth look into Cancer / Heart & Lung Services as part of a national campaign.

https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

If you would like to know any further information about this and any other work we are doing as part of the NHS Long Term Plan then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY

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(Author)

Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!