Life-saving pledge

Executives in East Lancashire PCT have vowed to save a million years of life by 2012.

The problem of health inequalities in the area means people could die before their time, said the PCT. GPs in the area spend 60 per cent of surgery time listening to depressed patients whose lives are hampered by crime and deprivation, said PCT chairwoman Kathy Reade. The pledge was signed by NHS chief executive David Nicholson, Kathy Reade and chairman of NHS North-west SHA Sir David Henshaw.

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Close up of a man turning off a light switch

GP's online carbon calculator helps practices cut emissions and save money

A Yorkshire GP has developed an online calculator that is helping practices to reduce...

GP wearing surgical mask speaks to patient in consulting room

General practice recruitment scheme falling short by thousands of staff

A recruitment scheme designed to bring 26,000 extra people into the general practice...

(Photo: Mike Kemp/Getty Images)

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid speaking

Sajid Javid writes thank-you letter to 'outstanding' primary care staff

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has written a thank-you letter to primary...

Sign pointing to entrance of COVID-19 vaccination hub

Parts of QOF and enhanced services to halt until March to speed COVID booster rollout

NHS chiefs have agreed to suspend parts of the QOF and some enhanced services until...

NHS sign

Barriers to hospital treatment creating 'two-tier' NHS, GPs warn

Long waits for hospital treatment linked to the growing NHS backlog and a rise in...