Manchester City Council

Healthy and not quite so healthy Manchester

A major step was taken today towards local control of an integrated health and social care system for our city-region when the GM Health and Social Care Devolution strategic partnership board agreed its first five year strategic plan. The following is an excerpt from an accompanying press statement but the whole report is publicly available and the board's discussion can be watched online;

"Plans around the ambitions for health and social care in Greater Manchester over the next five years have today (December 18) been endorsed on behalf of all 37 organisations involved in the devolution partnership, the Department for Health and NHS England.

This has been further bolstered by the announcement of £450m transformation funding from NHS England to help towards creating a sustainable and successful health and social care system in Greater Manchester by 2021.

The strategic plan: Taking charge of health and social care in Greater Manchester , is in preparation for the region taking full responsibility for its devolved £6bn health and social care budget from April 1 next year."

Not quite so healthy is the local government financial settlement for next year which was published yesterday. To be fair it is significantly better than we had expected but will still mean more significant cuts over the next few years. There is a lot of detail to work through and then we have to frame a draft budget. This we are aiming to publish on the 18th January with a four week consultation before the Council's Executive firms up its recommendations to the Budget Council meeting on the first Friday in March.

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