People from across Wakefield have made their voice heard as part of a Healthwatch public engagement report called ‘What would you do?’ which was published this week.
In 2018, the government announced that the NHS’ budget would be increased by £20 billion a year. In January 2019, the NHS in England published a long term plan for spending this extra money, covering everything from making care better to investing more money in technology and helping more people stay well.
The Healthwatch report brings together over 1,800 public responses to the NHS Long Term Plan from surveys and fifteen focus groups held across Wakefield and the rest of West Yorkshire which targeted many people including those with mental health conditions and dementia as well as young persons, carers and faith groups.
The report highlights the importance of: ‘partners working together to make it easier and affordable for people to say fit and eat healthily, as well as ‘more pro-active support around weight loss’; and concerns around ‘better emergency support for people in mental health crisis’ – an area the Partnership is working hard to address.
The voice of carers taking part in the focus groups endorses the Partnership’s approach that: ‘carers need more support to keep them safe and healthy including regular health checks, respite care and flexible appointments to fit round caring responsibilities’.
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