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Northants MPs discuss health and social care merger

Author: Tommy Gilchrist Published: 27th June 2019 15:11

Earlier today, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, along with her Northants MP colleagues, met with representatives from most of the local authorities and healthcare providers to discuss alternatives to how health and social care is delivered in the county.Earlier today, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, along with her Northants MP colleagues, met with representatives from most of the local authorities and healthcare providers to discuss alternatives to how health and social care is delivered in the county.
 
Earlier today, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, along with her Northants MP colleagues, met with representatives from most of the local authorities and healthcare providers to discuss alternatives to how health and social care is delivered in the county.
 
The local government restructure in Northamptonshire and the creation of the two unitary authorities – North and West – presents an opportunity to bring health and social care together under one seamless structure.
 
The MPs were presented with a series of recommendations, and will be seeking a meeting with Ministers to take this forward.
 
Andrea said:
 
“Getting the healthcare and treatment we need, when we want it and where we want it, is something we all want to see.
 
“As an MP, I hear regularly from constituents who are unhappy with the health and social care services they or their family members are accessing, despite the exceptional hard work that our GPs and health workers do to support us all.
 
“The problem is not really with the services themselves, but rather the fragmented way they are delivered across the county: local authorities providing some services, GPs and hospitals providing others. All with different ownership, reporting structures, and budgets. This can result in delay and difficulty for the individual patient or service user, with a well-known example of this being someone stuck in hospital because there is inadequate community support available.
 
“I have been working with Northants colleagues for many months to consider alternatives to how healthcare and social care is delivered, and I am grateful to Andrew Lewer for taking a lead on this important issue.
 
“This will be transformative for people right across the county, meaning that there are clear lines of accountability for all aspects of health and social care and greater value for money in the system, giving patients the ability to transition much more easily from one area of health and social care to another to ensure they receive the best and most appropriate support.”

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peter k
At 14:08 on 1st July 2019, peter k commented:
The comment "fragmentation" in the above article quite possibly stems from the introduction of the "internal market" to our health service some years ago. Fragmentation, contract chasing, etc, all predicted at that time.

Chickens and roosting comes to mind yet again.

However, the changes being discussed to are very much needed and hopefully can be realised.

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