Action on drink is a top NHS target in Doncaster

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ALCOHOL, cancer and children’s health care are topping an action list for Doncaster health bosses.

They are included in a plan set out by family doctors in the borough, outlining their five top local healthcare priorities for the next five years.

The top five ‘must do’s’ unveiled by the Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group meeting, identified between now and 2017, are to:

* help into treatment people who have an alcohol problem

* increase patients’ chances of beating cancer by better screening and earlier diagnosis

* improve children’s health services

* provide more individual care opportunities for people with ongoing healthcare problems

* bring health care closer to where people live.

The clinical commissioning group is set to take over most of Doncaster Primary Care Trust’s current role of organising and paying for NHS services for local people. Commissioning group chairman, Dr Eric Kelly, said the plan outlined priorities and outcomes expected to be achieved in five years’ time.

He said: “This is a key piece of work which we believe will result in significant improvements for patients and carers in the years ahead.

“The next three years will be extremely challenging for the NHS as, like the rest of the public sector, we have to make annual efficiency savings.

“But we believe we can still drive up the quality of health services while still working within our budget.

“We plan to direct more people who have an alcohol problem into services that can help them.

“We want more people to be diagnosed earlier for cancer so they can have the treatment they need to have a better chance of early treatment which should result in a better outcome overall.

“And we are looking to integrate more children’s services so local youngsters receive safe, high quality care.”