Cancer care praised

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CANCER care in Mac­cles­field has been rated out­stand­ing by health chiefs NHS Eng­land.

NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG, the or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides health care in the area, was also rated ‘good’ for its men­tal health and de­men­tia ser­vices dur­ing an an­nual as­sess­ment.

NHS Eng­land found the CCG had im­proved or main­tained per­for­mance against 10 of 11 key mea­sures across the three pri­or­ity ar­eas.

But it failed to hit tar­gets for the per­cent­age of peo­ple mak­ing a full re­cov­ery from mild to mod­er­ate stress, anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion fol­low­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pies.

De­spite the im­prove­ments the CCG has been rated as ‘re­quir­ing im­prove­ment’, for the sec­ond year run­ning, be­cause of its grow­ing fi­nan­cial deficit.

The CCG said it is ‘on track’ to achieve na­tional re­cov­ery tar­gets re­lat­ing to treat­ing peo­ple with mild to mod­er­ate stress, anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a new Talk­ing Ther­a­pies ser­vice in Fe­bru­ary.

A spokesman said: “For the sec­ond year run­ning, East­ern Cheshire was rated as re­quir­ing im­prove­ment against the IAF in­di­ca­tors of bet­ter health, bet­ter care, sus­tain­abil­ity and being well led.

“The rat­ing re­flects con­cern at the CCG’s grow­ing fi­nan­cial deficit, for which fi­nan­cial re­cov­ery plans have been writ­ten.

“Fi­nan­cial per­for­mance aside, the CCG was found to be per­form­ing strongly.”

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