Summary of report content
In the North Central London STP area, local Healthwatch engaged 1012 local people to gather their views of health and care services and the potential development outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP). Th 5 Healthwatch in this area focussed on cancer, learning disabilities and autism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.
The report found that local people want to be involved in decisions about their treatment and this would be supported by having access to clear and meaningful information. Local people recognise that using technology could be beneficial in delivering efficient and fast health care. Although, there is a risk of dividing the population, based on those who can or can't afford access to equipment. Those with learning disabilities reported that there are inconsistencies in the quality of and access to primary care and Annual Health Checks. Lack of access to information that meets patients’ needs was cited as problematic in most of the boroughs, whether this was regarding prostate and bowel cancer or support around the management of diabetes.