HEALTH chiefs have outlined further details to try and drastically improve the health and wellbeing of people in Burton following the publication of a shock report.
The Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board, made up of councils, the NHS and the police, force has revealed it is also set to tackle dementia and focus on fall prevention as part of a five year plan to get the town back on track.
This comes after the Mail reported yesterday how a report by the board showed that men in the town had the lowest life expectancy in the county and one in four adults drank too much alcohol.
Figures showed that only half the number of people with dementia in Burton are receiving treatment.
Now, health chiefs have told the Mail the reasoning behind the need of major changes.
A spokesman for the board said: “The way public services currently operate is not sustainable and must change.
“We must move away from a situation where too many of our services are reactive,helping people only when things have gone wrong, often at great expense.
“Instead, we must support local people to live and work in safe, pleasant and resilient communities, to control their own lives and shape their own wellbeing.
“In this way, people will enjoy longer lives with a better quality of life.
“Our ambition requires radical transformation of services for the public across Staffordshire.
“People will need to take on much greater personal responsibility for their own wellbeing, making the right choices when these are open to them.
“At the same time, we need to recognise and understand those people who are vulnerable or at risk, so that we can focus on prevention and early help for them.
“This will only be possible if we can shift resources currently used in intensive reactive services to invest in services that identify needs at the earliest possible stage and stop them getting worse.
“We believe that the publication of this strategy will be heralded as the moment Staffordshire became united in its effort to make best use of the social and financial resources available to improve.”