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The leader of a group of organisations in the Colchester and Tendring area that are committed to improving people’s health and wellbeing has welcomed the launch of the NHS’s Long-Term Plan.

Mark Jarman-Howe, acting lead for the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance (NEE H&WA), backed the ambitious Long-Term Plan following the Government’s commitment in 2018 to provide the NHS with an extra £20.5 billion a year in England by 2023/2024.

The plan, created by frontline health and care staff, patients as well as their families, provides the NHS with the means to continue providing high-quality health services while focusing on three key aspects - giving everyone the best start in life; delivering world-class care for major health problems to help people live well and helping people age well.

The plan also includes measures to:

“We look forward to working with our partners across the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, as well as patients and staff, over the coming months to turn the ambitions contained in the plan into real improvements in services for people in north east Essex,” said Dr Ed Garratt, interim Accountable Officer at North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mark Jarman-Howe, acting lead for the NEE H&WA, commented: “As an Alliance we’ll continue to determine what the NHS Long-Term Plan will mean for people in north east Essex, building on progress we have already made together and in partnership with those who know the NHS best – patients, staff and the public. We particularly welcome the emphasis in the plan on integrated care as in north east Essex we’re convinced the NHS can only continue to thrive within a wider partnership of health, social care, local authorities and the voluntary sector working with and for local people.

“Now the national plan has been published, we need to decide how best to take the ambitions it contains and turn them into real improvements in services over the next few years, building on the progress we have already made by working more closely together. And just as the national plan was developed in partnership with patients, staff, local councils and others, so will be our own local plans.”

 

For more information about the NHS’s Long-Term Plan please visit https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/.

 

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Editors notes:

The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a group of organisations in the Colchester and Tendring area that are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. The Alliance, which includes local NHS, councils, voluntary and community organisations, covers a population of almost 330,000 people.

The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance comprises:

 

The Alliance is also part of the wider North East Essex and Suffolk Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which has been established to improve care and the quality of services, to support our workforce, and to review how public money is spent.

Media enquiries:

 

Please contact the Head of Communications and Public Involvement for the NEE H&W Alliance, Fay Quayle, on 01206 918 656 or email Fay.Quayle1@nhs.net.