HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Mike Clark, clin­i­cal lead for ser­vice re­view con­sul­ta­tion at NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Mac­cles­field REG­U­LAR read­ers of this col­umn will know that the CCG’s job is to plan and buy health ser­vices.

This work in­volves en­sur­ing that ser­vices are safe, af­ford­able and achieve the best pos­si­ble re­sults for pa­tients.

Man­ag­ing a health­care sys­tem for 204,000 peo­ple is chal­leng­ing at the best of times but never more so than in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial cli­mate when the gap be­tween the fund­ing we get and what we need to spend to carry on as we are is get­ting ever big­ger.

To put things in con­text, the CCG is ex­pect­ing to record a deficit of £12.4m in 2016-17 de­spite be­ing on course to make ef­fi­ciency sav­ings of £6.2m from new ways of work­ing such as:

GPs pro­vid­ing a wider range of ser­vices to keep peo­ple out of hospi­tal

Stop­ping fund­ing the pre­scrib­ing of over-the­counter medicines for com­mon ail­ments

Re­duc­ing stock­pil­ing of medicines in peo­ple’s homes by switch­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the or­der­ing of re­peat pre­scrip­tions from phar­ma­cies to pa­tients.

In ad­di­tion, we re­cently car­ried out a 90-day con­sul­ta­tion on pro­pos­als to re­duce the amount we spend on pro­ce­dures of lower clin­i­cal pri­or­ity.

The con­sul­ta­tion asked peo­ple for their views on changes to the fol­low­ing ser­vices: Cos­metic pro­ce­dures Treat­ments for some skin con­di­tions

Ear, nose and throat pro­ce­dures

Fer­til­ity and ster­il­i­sa­tion treat­ments

Surgery for in­juries and con­di­tions af­fect­ing bones, joints, lig­a­ments, ten­dons, mus­cles and nerves

Ser­vices re­lat­ing to the

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