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Ten-year health plan is unveiled

A 10-year plan to improve NHS healthcare across the East Midlands has been unveiled.

Changes could see the development of at least two specialist heart attack centres and four centres for the treatment of strokes.

The review of patient care by NHS East Midlands also pledges improvement to maternity services and more availability of an NHS dentist.

Doctors, nurses and other NHS staff helped to develop the healthcare plan.

In addition 6,500 patients and members of the public were asked for their opinions on improvements they wanted to see.

A trauma centre to treat seriously injured patients in the East Midlands and an expansion of cancer screening programmes have also been proposed.

The package of measures is part of the government's major review of the NHS that was announced by Gordon Brown in July 2007 and is being led by Health Minister Lord Ara Darzi.

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