Healthwatch launch their report on the NHS Long Term Plan

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire residents seek more help to prevent future illness.

Local health watchdog Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent has been asking people how best to spend the £20.5bn promised for the NHS over the coming years.  This is happening as details of the NHS Long-term are slowly being released.

Simmy Akhtar, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent said, “We certainly got the sense that people think that the time is right for the NHS to focus on more early prevention rather than reacting when health issues arise”.

Suggestions made by the public included subsidised access to gyms and free parking, restrictions on advertising unhealthy products, social hubs for the aging population and affordable healthy food.

Mrs. Akhtar said, “We are keen to see these ideas acted on in a meaningful way, with preventative services given a priority and properly funded. This is a great opportunity to take a longer-term view on health and care”.

“People also told us that they want joined-up information about health and care and for this to be communicated with no jargon and for it to be relevant to them. We have presented our finding to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and highlighted the importance of reflecting the publics views in the local five-year plan which they are currently developing. We have also asked that they communicate with the public and explain how their views have been considered when developing their local health and care services.”

Dr Lorna Clarson, Clinical Director for Partnerships and Engagement, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups said of the report, “(it) truly gathers the views of patients across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and gives the Clinical Commissioning Groups food for thought when we use what people said to turn the NHS Long Term plan into local decision making to meet their needs.”

You can view the report in full at

Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent Tel: 01782 683080