A long term condition
In England, more than 15 million people have a long term condition – a health problem that can’t be cured but can be controlled by medication or other therapies. This figure is set to increase over the next 10 years, particularly those people with 3 or more conditions at once. Examples of long term conditions include high blood pressure, depression, dementia and arthritis.
Long term conditions can affect many parts of a person’s life, from their ability to work and have relationships to housing and education opportunities. Care of people with long term conditions accounts for 70% of the money we spend on health and social care in England.
We want England to be one of the best countries in Europe at helping people with long term conditions live healthily and independently.