'Health care in Bolton must change', warn NHS bosses

Dr Stephen Liversedge gets his message across

The meeting attracted a large gathering to Bolton Town Hall

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

HEALTH care services in Bolton must change if they are to cope with growing demand, GPs said at a town hall NHS summit.

More 140 people from across the borough gathered at the Changing Our NHS Together event at the Festival Hall in Bolton Town Hall to thrash out ideas on how to maintain high quality health services with diminishing resources.

Access to GP services was top of the agenda as well as hospital and community care during the day’s presentations and group debates.

Although the CCG is not being affected by government cuts, funding has not increased.

Yet because of inflation, the increased cost of healthcare and services plus a growing and ageing population, the CCG must “prioritise services”, the meeting heard.

The new integrated healthcare model — which will see hospital services shifted into the community — will be a major part of the redesign.

Annette Walker, Chief Finance Officer at the CCG, told the group on Saturday: “At the moment we spend the majority of our budget on hospital-based services and less on prevention.

“We want to change this to support people to look after themselves in their own homes.”

Dr Colin Mercer, clinical director governance and safety at the CCG, went on to describe the increased demand since the NHS was founded in 1948.

Dr Mercer said: “The NHS was founded in 1948 and the CCG is still committed to those principles.

“The fact that patients can still see their GP or access hospital services for free when they need them — the CCG is still committed to that principle.

“However things have changed. In 1948, there were half a million 999 calls made in the UK. Now, there one million 999 calls just in the North West expected this year.”

One of the exercises focussed on what patients wanted from GP services with each group being asked to think about surgeries as a type of shop and the sort they would like — some suggested Waitrose as an ideal model for a GP surgery, while some suggested a local corner shop for its personal and convenient aspects.

The need for more nurses in GP surgeries and to see the same GP every visit were also raised as priorities by the groups.

Dr Stephen Liversedge, clinical director for primary care and health improvement at the CCG, was also present and addressed GPs.

HOW THE NHS HAS CHANGED SINCE 1948

1948

  • Half a million calls in whole of UK
  • People went into hospital for fractures or injury.
  • Smallpox, scarlet fever and measles were common diseases
  • No drugs for high blood pressure
  • Some 12,866 prescriptions issued in the whole of Lancashire during the first year of the NHS

2014

  • One million 999 calls in the North West
  • Most people go into hospital due to heart disease or stroke
  • Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma and mental health more common
  • There are more than 50 medications for high blood pressure
  • Some 5,730,831 prescriptions issued in Bolton last year

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11:30am Mon 14 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Growing Demand Surprise, Surprise.
Growing Demand Surprise, Surprise. Gore Seer
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11:44am Mon 14 Apr 14

Sexybum123 says...

Do they think everyone's as thick as S--- the fact is has the population as grown so as the money that's taken from our wages and how much is that since 1948 and more people more national insurance contributions fact. And the cost of all the changes that are happening wasted money. This is a politically motivated plan to destroy the N.H.S and god help us if they do
Do they think everyone's as thick as S--- the fact is has the population as grown so as the money that's taken from our wages and how much is that since 1948 and more people more national insurance contributions fact. And the cost of all the changes that are happening wasted money. This is a politically motivated plan to destroy the N.H.S and god help us if they do Sexybum123
  • Score: 3

10:13am Tue 15 Apr 14

StGibbs says...

Sexybum123 wrote:
Do they think everyone's as thick as S--- the fact is has the population as grown so as the money that's taken from our wages and how much is that since 1948 and more people more national insurance contributions fact. And the cost of all the changes that are happening wasted money. This is a politically motivated plan to destroy the N.H.S and god help us if they do
Spot on. They are distracting us with saying do we want to have longer opening hours at the GPs, or do we want more scanning machines in B&Q carpark. Then saying but that will cost money, so something else will have to go.
Watch them say that means we can no longer afford wards and beds at Bolton Royal. And it's OUR choice!
Our choice is - get rid of the managers and the pointless PR campaigns like this, save some money on those first.
[quote][p][bold]Sexybum123[/bold] wrote: Do they think everyone's as thick as S--- the fact is has the population as grown so as the money that's taken from our wages and how much is that since 1948 and more people more national insurance contributions fact. And the cost of all the changes that are happening wasted money. This is a politically motivated plan to destroy the N.H.S and god help us if they do[/p][/quote]Spot on. They are distracting us with saying do we want to have longer opening hours at the GPs, or do we want more scanning machines in B&Q carpark. Then saying but that will cost money, so something else will have to go. Watch them say that means we can no longer afford wards and beds at Bolton Royal. And it's OUR choice! Our choice is - get rid of the managers and the pointless PR campaigns like this, save some money on those first. StGibbs
  • Score: 1

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