DoH 'will not hit care plan target'

Patient groups believe the DoH will miss its target of offering all patients with long-term conditions a care plan by 2010, a report has said.

The report, based on a survey of 430 advocacy groups for the RCN and the patient group National Voices, found that 70 per cent of patients believe the government will miss the target.

Two out of three groups (62 per cent) said just 30 per cent of their members had been offered a care plan.

The report said that this means just 5 million out of the 15 million people estimated to have a long-term condition may have been offered a care plan to date.

However, a DoH spokeswoman said: 'Our national surveys show that 60 per cent of people with a long-term condition in England report that they have an agreed care plan - this equates to 9 million people across the country.'

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