Greater Manchester Takes Control of its Health Budget
From today (April 1st), Greater Manchester will become the first area of the country to take overall control of its health spending. The £6 billion budget for health and social care will be managed by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership which comprises of 37 organisations including NHS England, hospital trusts, GP commissioners, and 10 borough councils. Jon Rouse will move from the Department of Health to oversee the project as the areas first chief health officer.
The region will receive £450 million in additional transformation funding to support developments to the system with the aim of creating integrated health and social care. Amongst the priorities set will be the need to tackle premature death rates from heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease and to align health and social care around education, work and housing.
Lord Peter Smith, chair of the Partnership Board, said: “I have seen first-hand the progress that has been made since the historic signing of the memorandum of understanding which took place between all the major public sector bodies of the region and Whitehall. Establishing the new system has been the crux of our focus for the past 12 months and we have made unprecedented and unrivalled progress in this regard. Quite frankly, the progress we have made has been revolutionary for the region and we are in a great place ahead of a new era for health and social care services.”
The new set up will not be without its problems with cuts in government funding and increasing costs expected to result in the partnership having to save £2 billion from its budget by 2020.