Health secretary urges better management of chronic diseaseBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7543.688 (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:688
- Lynn Eaton
Better management of patients with long term conditions in a community setting could improve their lives, reduce emergency admissions, and reduce NHS costs, said England's health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, in a press statement.
The health service could save more than £400m (€580m; $700m) a year if it reduced the number of unnecessary admissions of people with illnesses such as asthma, angina, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (conditions defined as “ambulatory care sensitive”). …