Quick Guide: Health issues
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Hospital waiting

Patient choice

Staff numbers

Heart disease and cancer

Investment

Public health

Heart disease and cancer

Tackling heart disease and cancer have been made two of the main priorities for the NHS by the government.

The official plans were both set out in 2000, promising better treatment, diagnosis and fewer deaths.

It looks like the 2010 mortality rate target for heart disease will be met, but the rate has been falling for 30 years mainly due to lifestyle factors.

On cancer, more people are surviving but the UK is still well below the European average.