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GPs asked to respond to Government ‘major conditions strategy’ call for evidence

GPs asked to respond to Government ‘major conditions strategy’ call for evidence

GPs have been asked to respond to a consultation ahead of the Government’s major conditions strategy set to publish later this year.

A call for evidence has been launched on how to prevent, diagnose, and manage six conditions that account for 60% of ill health and early deaths in England.

The online survey for individuals and organisations asks questions on what the priorities should be for cardiovascular disease – including stroke and diabetes – chronic respiratory diseases; dementia; and; musculoskeletal disorders.

Similar consultations have already been done for cancer and mental health with the summaries of responses published today.

The Government said it wanted to see what impactful interventions can be adopted and scaled quickly, that is, in the next one to two years, how to improve outcomes for people with more than one condition and how to tackle gender, ethnic and geographical disparities, the evidence call said.

It will also look at how to best support those with multiple conditions, the consultation document said, with one in four having two or more of the major long-term conditions included in the strategy.

Ministers are particularly keen to hear from those who suffer from, care for or provide treatment to people who suffer from multiple long-term conditions as part of the consultation which will be open until the 27 June, as well as those working for the NHS, local government, voluntary and community sector.

Plans for the major conditions strategy were first announced in January as being ‘critical’ to achieving the Government’s manifesto commitment of five extra years of healthy life expectancy by 2035, and to narrow the gap in healthy life expectancy by 2030.

Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay, said: ‘Patients often live with more than one major condition, so it’s vital that we do all we can to understand how best to manage their care.

‘I encourage patients, carers and healthcare professionals to contribute to our call for evidence so we can ensure our Major Conditions Strategy is as targeted and patient-focused as possible.’

Care minister Helen Whately added: ‘We want to hear from as many people as possible affected by these conditions in our call for evidence. It’ll help us join up care across the NHS and mean better treatment for millions of people.

‘It’s also really important that we hear from professionals working in areas like dementia or cancer too. Their frontline experience will be invaluable to make sure our strategy includes plans which will really work in practice.’

Samantha Benham-Hermetz, director of policy and public affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘Since the previous dementia strategy expired in 2020, the number of people living with the condition in the UK, and the challenges they face every day, have only continued to grow.’

She added that promising new treatments for early dementia were in development.

‘Bringing these into routine use will be challenging, and the major conditions strategy presents a huge opportunity to address these challenges and transform our health system.’

Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of Asthma + Lung UK, said: ‘Lung conditions are the third biggest killer in the UK, but historically haven’t received the attention they deserve, so the major conditions strategy is a big opportunity to change that.’

The Government said the views and ideas gathered will inform the priorities, content and actions in the major conditions strategy, which it will be publishing later this year. It will also publish an interim report in the summer.

The Government has also published a summary today of responses to its call for evidence on priorities for the 10-year cancer plan.

Most agreement was on the need to get people diagnosed quicker which 90% of individuals and 74% of professionals and organisations said should be a key focus over the next decade.

Suggested interventions included funding to expand the GP workforce and tackle geographical disparities to help people be seen sooner and training for GPs to recognise a wider range of symptoms.

Some respondents also called for GPs to listen better to patient concerns and act sooner ‘moving away from a culture of watch and wait’ as well as greater use of self-referral and at home tests for diagnostics.

Priorities included in online questionnaire for major conditions strategy

Participants asked to select up to three priorities each for cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, dementia and musculoskeletal disease

  • Preventing the onset through population-wide action on risk factors and wider influences on health (sometimes referred to as primary prevention)
  • Stopping or delaying the progression through clinical interventions for individuals at high risk (sometimes referred to as secondary prevention)
  • Getting more people diagnosed quicker
  • Improving treatment provided by urgent and emergency care
  • Improving non-urgent and long-term treatment and care to support management



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Anonymous 17 May, 2023 1:16 pm

Stop asking to return in a month if you are no better and advising paracetamol for everything. That’s a start.

Sam Tapsell 17 May, 2023 3:01 pm

The massive opportunity is to tackle CRAP food:
Chemicals, Refined sugar, Artificial sweeteners, and Processed foods
But nobody will make money from reducing our intake of CRAP, so unlikely to happen.

Lise Hertel 17 May, 2023 5:21 pm

First step- stop people getting Covid repeatedly, we know it causes diabetes, heart disease, accelerates dementia, autoimmune disease etc. What is the point of doing anything else until this risk factor is removed? at least vaccinate people- at least let us have access to vaccines and treatments !! We don’t even know if the treatment strategies for the people with an illness caused by Covid even work- do statins work for heart disease caused by Covid? New research showing the blood clots caused are not like ‘normal’ blood clots…
Would be nice if the people who have been left to die (clinically vulnerable) could be protected as well- but no, we will continue to die and conveniently save the system money by dying early (so no more cost to the system) and the government getting our pensions so they can buy some more yachts, private jets and swimming pools.

Nicholas Sharvill 18 May, 2023 6:33 am

prevention- more exercise, better diets and better sleep .This will reduce or postpone many of the chronic illnesses. Adopt a lifestyle approach to things like fibromyalgia and ”hyper mobility fatigue’ syndromes without a clear genetic diagnosis. very very simple things like 500 steps a day for the majority who do nothing, starting each meal with fibre containing foods. These cost nothing but get no promotion. Media showing what normal weight looks like in children and adults. School exercise even if just warm up pre first lessons. So many simple quick cheap opportunities that are ignored in favour of drug based therapies

Truth Finder 18 May, 2023 10:01 am

Change the system. For now, it pays to be ill and people will do what pays them–learnt it in sociology.