Health­care plans get min­is­ter’s ap­proval

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Plans to im­prove health ser­vices cov­er­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have been en­dorsed by the cab­i­net secretary for health and sport Shona Ro­bi­son.

She ap­proved NHS La­nark­shire’s health­care strat­egy ‘Achiev­ing Ex­cel­lence’say­ing:“The board has made a com­pelling case for change which is con­sis­tent with na­tional pol­icy and sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of lo­cal stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing clin­i­cal staff, plan­ning part­ners, lo­cal peo­ple and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives.“

The health­care strat­egy was ap­proved by the NHS La­nark­shire Board ear­lier this year.

The fi­nal ver­sion had been amended to take ac­count of the feed­back re­ceived dur­ing last year’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise when nearly two thou­sand peo­ple shared their views on the fu­ture devel­op­ment of lo­cal health ser­vices.

NHS La­nark­shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Calum Camp­bell said:“We are de­lighted that the cab­i­net secretary has ap­proved the ap­proach set out in Achiev­ing Ex­cel­lence to de­vel­op­ing lo­cal health ser­vices.

“The fi­nal doc­u­ment is the prod­uct of a great deal of plan­ning by health and care pro­fes­sion­als that re­flects valu­able feed­back from peo­ple across La­nark­shire who par­tic­i­pated in the con­sul­ta­tion process.

“It puts us in an ex­cel­lent po­si­tion to con­tinue to evolve and im­prove our ser­vices for the peo­ple of La­nark­shire.

“We are now work­ing to im­ple­ment the strat­egy and will en­sure stake­hold­ers are kept fully in­formed and in­volved as this work pro­gresses.”

The goal through‘Achiev­ing Ex­cel­lence’is to shift the bal­ance away from treat­ment in hos­pi­tals.

This in­cludes pre­vent­ing ill-health in the first in­stance and also de­vel­op­ing en­hanced com­mu­nity ser­vices where peo­ple are looked af­ter at home or in homely set­tings.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.nhsla­nark­ uk/In­volved/con­sul­ta­tion/health­care-strat­egy

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