Have your say on long-term plan for NHS services in Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 July 2019

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People across the county are being asked to have their say on a long-term plan for NHS services in Devon.

Better for You, Better for Devon will be the localised version of the national NHS Long Term Plan which was published in January.

Its aim is to ensure health and care services are prepared for the future, and the plan will focus on improving people's health and mental health and supporting people to stay well.

It will also look to address some of the big challenges faced in Devon. They include people living longer and sometimes with multiple illnesses; an increase in preventable illnesses such as type 2 diabetes; a growing population and a number of job vacancies in the health and care sector.

A public survey is available to take as part of the engagement period, which ends on September 5,

Devon County Council and NHS organisations will also be gathering feedback.

Dr Rob Dyer, lead medical director for Devon, is working on the development of Better for You, Better for Devon.

He said: "The NHS is one of our nation's greatest achievements, and for 70 years dedicated NHS staff have been there for us in Devon and across the country.

"But more people are living longer, many with complex health conditions, so the NHS and local councils need to plan so they can work more smartly and effectively, deliver excellent care and attract and retain the best staff.

"Now the national plan has been published, we - as the local health and care system in Devon - need to decide how best to take the ambitions it contains and turn them into real improvements in services over the next few years.

"Better for You, Better for Devon will build on the progress we have already made in recent years by working more closely together.

"Placing a greater emphasis on supporting people in their communities is at the heart of our plan and we're very keen to hear what local people have got to say this summer."

For more information and to complete the survey, visit the Devon STP website.

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