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Priorities established for long-term care improvements

Priorities established for long-term care improvements
5th December 2007

A new set of priorities has been drawn up by a group of medical experts to improve care for long-term conditions, it has been reported.

The proposals include creating a clinical navigator, providing easier access to advice and support for health care professionals and speeding up communication between staff.

Dr Chris Trzcinskil, chairman of the Leicester Professional Executive Committee, told "We want to ensure patients see the right people at the right time and in the right place, this may mean extending roles of other healthcare staff involved in the care of people with long-term conditions."

He added that at least one in five people are thought to be affected by lengthy medical concerns. This is a figure expected to increase as the population ages.

Meanwhile, the social care minister Ivan Lewis called for reforms to be made to the framework of care which supports the elderly.

Speaking yesterday, he said he wanted councils to crack down on those homes who offered poor quality services to those in need.

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