Health care in Bolton to be transformed
4:20pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
HEALTH care is set to be transformed across Bolton in bid to drive down costs and meet the rising demand for services.
But it is not just the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust that has to find millions of pounds of savings.
The Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has had its funding capped by the Government and must save £8 million this year to avoid a deficit.
Its target is to save £18 million by the start of next year so it can invest in community and GP services.
The CCG has set a special scheme called the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme (QIPP) to save money and improve the quality of services.
Ways of saving money include reducing wasted prescriptions, using technology to free up doctors’s time and avoiding unnecessary trips to hospital.
Su Long, pictured, chief executive at the CCG, said it was crucial to save money now to safeguard the quality of health services in Bolton.
She added: “If we don’t save this money now by reducing demand on hospital services, we will not be able to maintain safe, quality services in a few years time.
“The CCG would either have to reduce the NHS offer, such as restrict access to medicines or operations, reduce community and GP services, or not pay local hospitals for the cost of delivering care and they would have to cut services and staff.”
A new ‘integrated’ health and social care scheme for Bolton is in the process of being designed to improve services in the community and reduce the mounting pressure on hospital services.
But health and social care bosses say the system is still a “work in progress”.
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