Don’t be afraid of joint work­ing

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I READ the M.E.N.’s ‘Your man­i­festo: key is­sues’ elec­tion sur­vey and man­i­festo based on 5,000 read­ers’ views with in­ter­est (see manch­estereveningnews.co.uk for more).

I was glad to see that al­most half (46 per cent) of re­spon­dents think that it’s a good idea to de­volve all Greater Manch­ester’s health and so­cial care spend­ing to the re­gion. Those read­ers also qual­i­fied their an­swers by say­ing that NHS man­agers and clin­i­cians should be in charge and not lo­cal politi­cians.

I’d like to re­as­sure read­ers about joint work­ing.

On April 1the start of a real part­ner­ship be­tween NHS Eng­land, GPs (through Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups), NHS providers, and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties work­ing to­gether on health and care is­sues. This part­ner­ship is also founded on the re­gion’s strong his­tory of col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing.

In ad­di­tion, 11pc of read­ers said that while they sup­ported health and care de­vo­lu­tion the spend­ing should be de­volved to in­di­vid­ual bor­oughs, not Greater Manch­ester-wide.

Again, part of the strength of this his­toric move is that it makes the most of lo­cal knowl­edge to make lo­cal de­ci­sions – and spend­ing will usu­ally be de­cided on by each of the in­di­vid­ual bor­oughs in Greater Manch­ester.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions will join to­gether to make de­ci­sions at a Greater Manch­ester level over very spe­cialised health care for the most rare con­di­tions

I’d like to thank read­ers for their sup­port as we start a new era where a Greater Manch­ester NHS and lo­cal author­ity part­ner­ship will be lis­ten­ing to what pa­tients in each of the re­gion’s ar­eas need to live longer, health­ier and hap­pier lives. Ian Wil­liamson Chief of­fi­cer of the Greater Manch­ester health and so­cial care de­vo­lu­tion pro­gramme board

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