Thursday, 30 March 2017

‘Communities provide the best solutions to their own problems’

‘Communities provide the best solutions to their own problems’ A year ago, Greater Manchester took control of its own health budget. It’s been tough, but progress is tangible, says health chief Jon Rouse

A year since Greater Manchester became the first region in England to take control of its £6bn health and social care budget, Jon Rouse is pleased at the progress already made, pointing to figures showing that 62-day cancer waits for Greater Manchester were among the best in the country, referrals to treatment targets are better than the England average and access to mental health services exceeds that of the north and of England as a whole. “I am proud,” he says. “In our first year, we have set up more than 20 programmes – and we are performing better overall in these areas than other parts of the country. It is quite an achievement. The key is to make sure the programmes deliver what we intend.” Continue reading... The Guardian

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