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Have your say on priorities for improving city’s health and care services

Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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PEOPLE who live and work in Leicester are being asked if health and care organisations in the city have got their priorities right for improving people’s health over the coming years.

The city council, NHS and other agencies have set out how they intend to work together from 2022 to 2027 in a health, care & wellbeing plan.

The plan covers five key areas relating to health, and actions that could be taken for each one. The areas cover our environment; the early years of a child’s life; physical health; mental health; and ageing.

Asst city mayor Cllr Vi Dempster, chair of Leicester’s health and wellbeing board, said: “This plan was put together after asking local people what was important to them in terms of improving services for the future.

“Now we would like to hear from them and professionals who work in care and health services on whether we’ve chosen the right priorities, whether some are more important than others, and whether they think any have been missed.”

Proposed priorities include improving access to primary care (GP practices); reducing the impact of poverty on children and young people; increasing early detection of lung and heart diseases and cancer in adults; improving access to mental health services for children and adults; and promoting independence for frail, older people.

Everything set out in the plan aims to give everyone in the city equal access to the services they need, and to remove unjustified differences in the state of people’s health. It also aims to strengthen the way different health and care organisations in the city work together to achieve this.

The full plan is available to read on the council’s consultation webpages, where people can also give their views.