Don’t be afraid of joint working
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