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University to improve regions health care

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A professor at the University of Cumbria wants to reshape the future of public health in the area.

Dr John Ashton, visiting professor and director of public health at the university, has published his first annual report on the health of people in Cumbria – highlighting five key factors – demographics, health inequalities across the region, a shortage of surveillance information, limits to service capacity and the widespread nature of communities.

As a result, the university will work with Cumbria PCT and local authorities to take forward a ‘closer to home’ approach to delivering healthcare as well as providing more education to enable people to care for themselves.

‘My work with the University of Cumbria will involve looking at health courses as well as ensuring that resources and research are focused on tackling the challenges that a changing demographic will bring,’ said Dr Ashton.

‘Make no mistake, Cumbria is unique in its geographic, demographic and mobility challenges. By tackling these issues, we can help avoid a health crisis in the next 20 years,’ he added.

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