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Health and Care Matters
What people are saying about health and care

Engage Britain brought together around 700 people across the country to hold Community Conversations about their health and care experiences.

They included local communities, NHS staff groups, university friends – and many others.

Together, they shared a huge range of experiences. What it’s like to be a carer for a loved one. Being so overstretched as a nurse that you can’t do more than the basics. Struggling with a long-term health condition.

These, and so many other powerful stories, were shared. They are first steps towards creating plans for change people want to see, across the country. So that health and care works for us all.

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We share people’s experiences because we want people making decisions to hear from people who live with those decisions every day. But we know some of this experiential content can be difficult to watch. If you’ve been affected by anything you’ve seen, heard or read here please consider getting in touch with these organisations that can help.

To help preserve people’s anonymity, real names haven’t been used on quotes.