Government calls for better care for long-term conditions

Government calls for better care for long-term conditions

The care of long-term conditions needs to be improved, the government in the UK has said.

It has therefore sent proposals to the British Medical Association and these include introducing fresh measures to improve care for patients with long-term conditions, as well as to help prevent unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital.

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, stated the aim is to put patients first, adding: "The GP contract needs to change so that it further improves care for patients. Our population is living longer and an increasing number of people have long term conditions."

He also noted the number of individuals who are affected by one or more long-term condition is set to rise to 2.9 million in the next six years.

Chair of Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Nicola Smith said she supports the need to regularly review indicators.

The Department of Health recently announced doctors in the UK are set to be subject to regular checks to ensure their training and expertise are up-to-date.

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