With 5% of the population having moderate to severe kidney disease Kidney Care UK welcomes the focus on prevention in the Long Term Plan. This is important because there are still 19 people a day who face kidney failure, which costs lives and takes up 1.5% of the whole NHS budget; they will continue to need a strong specialist multi-professional team to support them. To be fit for the future we need to see more recognition of the links between diabetes, blood pressure and cardiovascular health, which are key causes of kidney disease and high risks for those with it.
We were pleased to see that the plan highlights redesigning CKD community clinics so that people can be looked after in the community as a good example of technology. We do however want to make sure that the plan leaves no-one behind, including those who are not digitally enabled. A focus on carers is also welcome for families of kidney patients. We want to see that the plan really does encourage patients and carers to shape the future.