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Strategy for long-term illnesses
Inhaler being sprayed
Asthma is one of the illnesses being tackled
Health Minister Andy Kerr has unveiled plans to tackle long-term illnesses in Scotland.

Two fifths of the population suffer from conditions including asthma, cystic fibrosis and arthritis, costing the health service millions of pounds.

The minister announced 80,000 for a new project, The Long Term Conditions Alliance, but said the funding was part of a wider strategy.

He was speaking at the launch of the new organisation.

Modern Way

Mr Kerr said: "There are two million people in Scotland living with long-term conditions. That involves their carers, families, the economy, their ability to work and contribute and to be parents.

"Therefore, it is incredibly important that we listen and respond in a modern way.

"As the population gets older, as we live longer - which is to be welcomed - some people are living longer with those conditions that don't require one visit to the hospital or one visit to the GP to get sorted.

"It requires a different way of looking after them. It's about modernising the health service to work with people in a modern way."

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