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NHS used 2,000 times in a lifetime

NHS figures have illustrated the demands that are placed on the service over the course of a lifetime.

The average person in England uses the health service in some shape or form more than 2,000 times during their lifetime, taking 12 ambulance journeys, enduring 31 visits to A&E and taking out 1,330 prescriptions.

Broken down over time, the figures reveal that the average person is in contact with the health service once a fortnight.

The figures have been released to bring attention to 150 Local Involvement Networks (LINks), which gather opinions on health and social care services.

Health secretary Andy Burnham said: "Our health and care services must reflect the needs of the community they serve.

"In order to ensure they are relevant at a local level they really need patients and members of the public to let them know what works and what doesn't; what would be useful and what wouldn't.

"The more people that get involved in their Local Involvement Network, the more powerful their voice is and therefore the more impact they can have.

"This is essential at a time when the NHS must make sure that it is improving quality at the same time as value."

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