Long-term conditions inquiry: Government response
Friday, September 19, 2014
The Government has published its response to the Health Select Committee report ‘Managing the care of people with long-term conditions’.
Overall, the Government’s response to the report can be welcomed as they are pleased with the Health Select Committee’s investigation into the management of long-term conditions (LTCs) in the NHS. The Government is in agreement with many of the Committee’s recommendations and welcomed the scrutiny they have brought to the role of Government, the NHS and wider health and social care organisations as they work collectively to change the way LTCs are managed and to enhance the quality of life for everyone with an LTC, their carers and their families.
The Government recognises that better use of technology in the NHS can empower patients, improve communication between services and deliver efficiencies and savings for the NHS. There is a need to achieve a significant increase in the use of technology to help people manage their health and care.
In the Government’s response the main reference to self-management states ‘the Government recognises the benefits to both the patient and to the health and care system of robust support for self-management of LTCs. This is reflected in the Mandate which tasks NHS England with ensuring that the NHS becomes dramatically better at involving patients and their carers, and empowering them to manage and make decisions about their own care and treatment’.
Let’s hope the Report helps improve the lives of millions of people living with LTC.