NHS Wigan Borough CCG statement on proposals about 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:
“When I speak to patients they tell me that they expect the NHS to act as one organisation and focus its care on their needs. Patients are baffled why the NHS does not work closely with social care to look after them better. We are already working closely with Wigan Council and our NHS partners to start to sort these problems; to care for more people at home and help keep them out of hospital.
We believe these proposals will further increase the quality of care patients receive by extending local decision making into some of the NHS expenditure that is outside of current local control, such as more specialised NHS commissioning from NHS England .
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. ”
Trish Anderson, Chief Officer at NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“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, voluntary sector and Wigan Council we are helping provide better care for local people.
Discussions are taking place over the next few days to finalise and agree a Memorandum of Understanding that details how, across Greater Manchester, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups; Local Authorities, NHS England and other NHS partners will work closely together to deliver a more joined up approach to health and social care services which builds on the work that is already well underway in our Borough”.