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New health 'contract' announced

The first ever 'contract' between the health services and the Government has been announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. It includes plans to improve 'the patient experience' and mental health care.

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NHS contract 'holds the health service to account'

Jeremy Hunt met dementia sufferer Monica Kneebone at King's College Hospital today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The mandate is the first ever "contract" between the Government and the health service, which ministers said allows it to be held to account.

Jeremy Hunt said NHS priorities included reducing avoidable mortality, improving patient experience and helping patients with long-term conditions such as dementia and diabetes.

The Government believes the new mandate document will give frontline health professionals more power and independence to deliver care.

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