Diabetes UK is among more than 40 national health and social care charities – all members of the National Voices coalition – who have written to The Times calling on the Government to make the Health Bill work better for patients and other service users.
The charities say that the Bill is weak on patient involvement in their care and that this can and should be remedied easily through:
- sharing decisions about the most appropriate treatments, based on patient preferences and values as well as clinical knowledge
- personalising care planning, where professionals help organise care packages over time, focussed around the needs of the individual
- supporting people to manage chronic conditions in order to maximise quality of life
The patient voice must be strong
Diabetes UK Chief Executive Barbara Young said, "People with long-term conditions need access to a complex web of care joined up round their needs in order to stay healthy. This draws on almost every part of the health service, GP and community services, hospitals and specialist care and also social care. We are concerned to ensure that the patient voice is strong at the centre of decisions on their individual care and in shaping services."
The letter, published in yesterday’s edition of The Times, can be seen in full on theNational Voices website.