The East of England strategic health authority has developed 12 pledges aiming to raise public perception of the health service and improve patient experience.

Improving Lives: Saving lives, launched on Monday for consultation, details the vision of the SHA - to be the best health service in England - and its priorities for the next three years.

The 12 pledges include: ensuring NHS dentistry is available to all who need it; cutting the number of smokers by 140,000; and delivering year on year improvement in patient satisfaction.

The consultation will end on November 30 and the finished product is set to be published at the end of February in line with Lord Darzi's Next Stage Review.

Chief executive on the SHA Neil McKay said that work on the pledges began six to nine months ago but they, along with the region's Looking to the Future report on hospital reconfiguration will feed into the review.

He said: 'We want to make sure it will chime with the Darzi review and we are doing it in full concert with the Darzi team and they will complement each other.'

The East of England is moving out of turnaround from being£300m in deficit last year to a predicted£30m surplus this March.

Mr McKay said that the report was a totem of the increase in confidence that as come with all the 'home bases being taken care of'.

He explained that the success of meeting the pledges will be measured through national data benchmarking as well as well as through patient surveys, based on existing work tailored to meet East of England needs.