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Five-year health plan for Waveney

PUBLISHED: 14:44 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:04 06 July 2010

HEALTH bosses in Great Yarmouth and Waveney have outlined their public pledges for the next five years.

Tackling smoking, obesity, cancer and offering health checks for 40 to 74-year-olds are just some of the areas health chiefs from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney will focus on.

HEALTH bosses in Great Yarmouth and Waveney have outlined their public pledges for the next five years.

Tackling smoking, obesity, cancer and offering health checks for 40 to 74-year-olds are just some of the areas health chiefs from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney will focus on.

The pledges are being made as part of the organisation's five-year strategy.

Dr Alistair Lipp, director of public health, said: “As a primary care trust - which means we buy services for patients in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area - we have set out this long term plan because we want to have the fastest improving health in the region.

“We want to achieve a 20pc reduction in inequalities for our community, we want to improve access and choice for patients as well as improve quality and safety.

“We plan to do this by leading the way in a large number of projects including the improvement of dementia services, maintaining the high access to dentistry we already have in this area, improving the uptake of the immunisations we provide and to tackle tobacco control and teenage pregnancy.”

The five-year plan will go to NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney's public board meeting on Wednesday for approval.

The document also includes a focus on working with seldom heard groups and from November last year NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney employed a specialist health visitor to work specifically with travellers, migrant workers and other seldom heard groups in the area.

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