NHS Wigan Borough CCG statement on proposals for closer partnerships for health and social care in Greater Manchester
NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG) support the proposals for further developing health and social care partnerships in Greater Manchester
Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Chair of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG) said:
“The NHS nationally is under pressure. However in Wigan, despite the pressures, thanks to clear local leadership the NHS is going from strength to strength. Here clinical commissioners, working with our commissioning and provider colleagues, are leading the way in delivering a personal, integrated health service which is fit for the future. The latest news on devolution to Greater Manchester provides another major opportunity to further integrate local services. In the interim, I am mindful that claims from Politicians of all parties about crisis, collapse and privatisation do not support staff morale or reassure patients in these busy times.
We are pleased that Wigan Borough is part of the Greater Manchester devolution plan and that it will mean we have a greater opportunity to design local services to meet the needs of our patients and the public. We already have a strong history of working closely with our colleagues and other public sector organisations and this puts us in a great position to make sure that devolution means better services and better health for the people of Wigan Borough.
Trish Anderson, Chief Officer at NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“It is important to note that these proposals maintain the existing funding of around £420m a year from which NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group currently commissions services to support our population to stay healthy and live longer. We are already implementing many of these proposals across Wigan Borough and work closely together across our health and social care services. This is formally supported by cooperation at high level meetings such as the Health and Wellbeing Board and Wigan Leaders. By working closely with our NHS partners from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust; 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, local care homes, charities and Wigan Council we are helping provide better care for local people. Delivering a more joined up approach to health and social care services is already well underway in our Borough”.