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Prevention and patient empowerment at heart of NHS health plans

Discussion in 'Diabetes News' started by DCUK NewsBot, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. DCUK NewsBot

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    Prevention and patient empowerment have been highlighted as "integral" parts of NHS England's Long Term Plan, the health secretary has revealed. Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, was speaking at the International Association of National Public Health Institutes 2018 conference where he outlined the NHS' long-term vision for improving the health of people in the UK. The vision includes halving childhood obesity by 2030 and taking steps to help lower air pollution. Type 2 diabetes is commonly associated with obesity and rates have increased in recent years, while childhood obesity in the UK is at an all-time high among primary school children. A nationwide prevention plan for type 2 diabetes is already underway across the UK, where people at high risk of the condition are given lifestyle and dietary advice. Meanwhile, our award-winning Low Carb Program is helping people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight, reduce their HbA1c and in some cases put the condition into remission. Mr Hancock reiterated the government's plan to halve childhood obesity by 2030, so they can improve young people's health and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. During his keynote speech, Mr Hancock discussed how prevention is at the heart of his plans. He told the audience that £97 billion of public money is currently being spent on treating and managing health conditions and only £8 billion goes on preventing it and that the "numbers don't stack up". The government has recently announced that the NHS will receive a funding boost of £20.5 billion per year by 2023. "Prevention saves lives and saves money," he said. "Our task for the National Health Service [is] to help empower people to take more care of their own health. I want to talk about how we need to focus more on prevention to transform our health and social care system, save money, eliminate waste and make the extra £20.5 billion we’re putting in go as far as it can." Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England said: "Investing in prevention is the smartest thing we can do. We need to move from a system that detects and treats illnesses to one that also predicts and prevents poor health through promoting health in all policies and puts people back in charge of their own health." Mr Hancock has also pledged to reduce loneliness, diagnose three quarters of cancers at stages 1 and 2 by 2028 and significantly improve air quality.

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    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I sincerely hope he has plans to do something about consumption of soft drinks!! And remove the Eatwell plate and similar archaic notions from NHS.
     
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    Where and who is the prevention plan driven from?
    I don't see any.

    Oh a child dietician weighs the autistic son and listens.
    Not sure what prevention plan there is.

    And nearly teenager gets vit D3 monitored. Not sure that's anything to do with prevention or just due to his deficiency levels.

    So no OK to low carb either one. Due to my reaction I'm unwilling to do unsupervised. Especially to mentally behind 5yr old. As confusion will set in as to what's what.

    Twelve year old taking control of his owen diet.... just starting.

    Antidepressant weight gaining Mr ickihun is also left to his own devises.
     
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    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    "Prevention saves lives and saves money," he said. "Our task for the National Health Service [is] to help empower people to take more care of their own health. I want to talk about how we need to focus more on prevention to transform our health and social care system, save money, eliminate waste and make the extra £20.5 billion we’re putting in go as far as it can."

    Help prevent PWD getting costly complications by widespread and unrestricted use of flash and CGM devices..................:rolleyes:
     
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    Tabbyjoolz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    "Prevention and patient empowerment"; that's some oxymoron.
     
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    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Health organisations around the world like these weasel works. They are abstract notions which disguise complicated processes and such are supposed to make people think that the juggernaut of health is in control. It also helps shore up voter support and the standing of the political party in power.
    What is missing is often the detail, how is the (weasel word) going to be achieved? What will it cost? How do you prove it is effective? Can anything succeed whilst the Food industry and Big Pharma are pulling strings and the pollies let them do it??
    I am all for genuine improvement but when the same old "Eat Well plate" and international equivalents (all related to Big Food influences) keep being trotted out I smell a rat !!!
     
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    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I just remembered ( a miracle!, my wife comments) that at a meeting with Health officials the other day I raised the question of healthcare consumers being able to read and write in their own records, say during a hospital stay.
    I was told that the Electronic Record System had been designed to allow that to happen But ... no patients, community organisations had ever been told this.
    Now is this patient empowerment or just gift wrapping out of sight?
     
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