Some long term pa­tients say they are not sup­ported

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

TWO-FIFTHS of peo­ple with long-term health prob­lems in West Le­ices­ter­shire feel they aren’t be­ing sup­ported to man­age their con­di­tion.

Of those in the West Le­ices­ter­shire CCG area with con­di­tions such as arthri­tis, de­men­tia, di­a­betes or can­cer, just three-fifths (60%) said they felt sup­ported, ac­cord­ing to the results of the GP sur­vey.

Pa­tients are asked to con­sider the sup­port they get from a va­ri­ety of sources, not just GPs but other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The fig­ure in West Le­ices­ter­shire was down from 64% in 2016/17.

It is also the low­est pro­por- tion that has said they have felt sup­ported in at least seven years - with the pro­por­tion drop­ping from as high as 67% in 2011/12.

How­ever, the method­ol­ogy of what is in­cluded as a long-term con­di­tion has var­ied over the years.

This sur­vey was com­mis- sioned by NHS Eng­land and is con­ducted by the in­de­pen­dent sur­vey or­gan­i­sa­tion Ip­sos MORI.

The sur­vey is sent to pa­tients who have been reg­is­tered with a GP in Eng­land con­tin­u­ously for six months or longer be­fore the ques­tion­naire is re­ceived.

Long-term con­di­tions in­clud- ed in the ques­tion are Alzheimer’s disease or other cause of de­men­tia, heart con­di­tions, arthri­tis, breath­ing con­di­tion, blind­ness, deaf­ness, di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, men­tal health con­di­tions, learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, strokes and other health con­di­tions that af­fect day to day life.

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