Health bosses thrash out major shake-up of services

The Bolton News: Su Long, NHS Bolton CCG chief executive Su Long, NHS Bolton CCG chief executive

HEALTH chiefs are thrashing out proposals for a radical shake-up of services across Bolton and Greater Manchester.

Hospital bosses joined GPs, consultants and national clinical advisers to debate the Healthier Together — Case For Change, which is a review of health and social care due to go to public consultation in June.

The Healthier Together shake-up, which bosses claim will save lives and money, has been two years in the planning.

Some hospitals are set to become specialist centres and there will be a major overhaul of the way GPs operate.

Health chiefs insist no hospitals or A&Es will close under the plan.

Healthier Together chiefs estimate more than 1,000 lives can be saved in hospitals over five years.

Staff working in healthcare for local authorities such as Bolton Council will work with NHS services to deliver care in the community or at home.

Improved access to GP surgeries has been introduced to six areas of Greater Manchester — including Bury — with 8am to 8pm opening hours and a weekend service. Su Long, chief officer of NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, attended the Healthier Together debate.

She said: “It was an important step that leaders from across the NHS in Greater Manchester came together to agree the strong clinical case for change for Healthier Together.”

David Bennett, chief executive of health watchdog Monitor, said if the health system was not radically changed there would be a £30 billion funding gap by 2021.

He added: “My real concern about change is not ‘is it possible?’ but ‘is it possible in the time available?’ “We need turbo-charged change — we can do it, but we have to do it faster. Concentrate on maintaining services — not institutions.”

For more information visit the Healthier Together online at healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk.

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9:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

My Dad Always Told Me That If Its Not Broken Don't Try Fixing It, So My Question Is, Who As Broken It.According To Their Own Think Tank Its Government's Fault.
My Dad Always Told Me That If Its Not Broken Don't Try Fixing It, So My Question Is, Who As Broken It.According To Their Own Think Tank Its Government's Fault. Gore Seer
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2:37pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Hulton Park says...

The Greater Manchester "strategic" health authority was abolished less than a decade ago because the area is, of course, anything but strategic in terms of provision of hospital and other health and medical services: a wider regional over view is needed.

Yet here it is again, with a slightly different name, diverting local resources away from us in Bolton and still failing to have a truly regional vision.
The Greater Manchester "strategic" health authority was abolished less than a decade ago because the area is, of course, anything but strategic in terms of provision of hospital and other health and medical services: a wider regional over view is needed. Yet here it is again, with a slightly different name, diverting local resources away from us in Bolton and still failing to have a truly regional vision. Hulton Park
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8:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

Hulton Park wrote:
The Greater Manchester "strategic" health authority was abolished less than a decade ago because the area is, of course, anything but strategic in terms of provision of hospital and other health and medical services: a wider regional over view is needed.

Yet here it is again, with a slightly different name, diverting local resources away from us in Bolton and still failing to have a truly regional vision.
The argument at the last election was won on the idea of things being decided at local level. Even Gordon Brown was arguing that decisions should be made at local level and not at Regional Level. We abolished Regional Government when David Cameron came to power and now people want it back?
[quote][p][bold]Hulton Park[/bold] wrote: The Greater Manchester "strategic" health authority was abolished less than a decade ago because the area is, of course, anything but strategic in terms of provision of hospital and other health and medical services: a wider regional over view is needed. Yet here it is again, with a slightly different name, diverting local resources away from us in Bolton and still failing to have a truly regional vision.[/p][/quote]The argument at the last election was won on the idea of things being decided at local level. Even Gordon Brown was arguing that decisions should be made at local level and not at Regional Level. We abolished Regional Government when David Cameron came to power and now people want it back? Ernagy2
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8:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

Hulton Park wrote:
The Greater Manchester "strategic" health authority was abolished less than a decade ago because the area is, of course, anything but strategic in terms of provision of hospital and other health and medical services: a wider regional over view is needed.

Yet here it is again, with a slightly different name, diverting local resources away from us in Bolton and still failing to have a truly regional vision.
The argument at the last election was won on the idea of things being decided at local level. Even Gordon Brown was arguing that decisions should be made at local level and not at Regional Level. We abolished Regional Government when David Cameron came to power and now people want it back?
[quote][p][bold]Hulton Park[/bold] wrote: The Greater Manchester "strategic" health authority was abolished less than a decade ago because the area is, of course, anything but strategic in terms of provision of hospital and other health and medical services: a wider regional over view is needed. Yet here it is again, with a slightly different name, diverting local resources away from us in Bolton and still failing to have a truly regional vision.[/p][/quote]The argument at the last election was won on the idea of things being decided at local level. Even Gordon Brown was arguing that decisions should be made at local level and not at Regional Level. We abolished Regional Government when David Cameron came to power and now people want it back? Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

8:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
My Dad Always Told Me That If Its Not Broken Don't Try Fixing It, So My Question Is, Who As Broken It.According To Their Own Think Tank Its Government's Fault.
The trouble is it's been broken times and will be broken again in the future. We cannot have the massive increase in population that we have seen over three decades and not have any change to the health service. We can't afford to keep it going as it was - unfortunately. We can't afford everything that the NHS is providing. I'm not talking about drugs to keep people alive, I'm talking about lifestyle changes.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: My Dad Always Told Me That If Its Not Broken Don't Try Fixing It, So My Question Is, Who As Broken It.According To Their Own Think Tank Its Government's Fault.[/p][/quote]The trouble is it's been broken times and will be broken again in the future. We cannot have the massive increase in population that we have seen over three decades and not have any change to the health service. We can't afford to keep it going as it was - unfortunately. We can't afford everything that the NHS is providing. I'm not talking about drugs to keep people alive, I'm talking about lifestyle changes. Ernagy2
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8:06pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

I welcome doctors surgeries being open from 8am until 8pm, but, when will individual practices tell us when this policy starts from?
I welcome doctors surgeries being open from 8am until 8pm, but, when will individual practices tell us when this policy starts from? Ernagy2
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