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Six years of Tory Government has been a disaster for our health and care services in Greater Manchester. Instead of focusing on improving the care of older people, or making sure we’re training enough staff, the Tory Government in Westminster has been obsessing over reorganisation and privatisation. As a result our hospitals are facing record deficits, hundreds of thousands of patients are stuck on growing waiting lists and older people are not receiving the care they deserve. Mental health has been neglected, health inequalities continue to worsen, and too many people are dying prematurely from preventable diseases. Devolution gives us […]
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The process of produced a plan on transport and the environment Problems with roads Air Quality Ambitions for the city – cycling Vision for the environment

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Our Manifesto: Health & Wellbeing Before drafting my manifesto for Mayor I want to do things differently. I want to involve as many people as possible in developing policy ideas that will make a real and meaningful difference to people’s lives. At the Health and Wellbeing Manifesto conference, we heard from users, carers, experts and interested parties alike about the things that really matter and could improve the lives and the quality of healthcare for residents across Greater Manchester. The ideas suggested: 1: Care workforce needs to be further valued and recognised 2: Integrated health and social care pathway 3: […]
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First as Health Secretary, and then as Shadow Health Secretary, I have given long and careful thought to the future of the NHS and social care in the 21st century. My answer to the challenges of an ageing society is a National Health & Care Service – bringing social care into the public NHS and creating a single service for the whole person, meeting all of their needs (physical, mental and social). As Mayor, I would lead the building of the country’s first National Health & Care Service here in Greater Manchester and show the rest of the country that […]
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The NHS is our country’s most precious institution and Labour’s proudest achievement – the embodiment of how by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone. Its founding values – compassion; cooperation; healthcare based on need, not ability to pay – are as important today as they were in 1948, but the health challenges we face today are very different. An ageing population, the increasing prominence of mental health problems and particularly the growing numbers of people with multiple conditions – all of these pose challenges for our health and care services. Our services haven’t yet changed to reflect […]
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There must be an election coming.  After five years of making savage cuts to council budgets, and five years of fragmenting and privatising, George Osborne has waited until five weeks before this Parliament ends to endorse Labour’s plan to integrate the NHS and social care. We can all speculate about the reasons for his Road to Damascus-style conversion and have every right to be suspicious of the real reasons behind the rushed timetable unveiled this week. But the great thing about our political leaders in Greater Manchester is that they are always more interested in getting the best deal for […]
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Introduction Labour has a new plan for our National Health Service. A plan not just to protect it but to improve it for years to come by making sure we have a health service that can meet the challenges of the 21st century and remain sustainable for the future. Our plan will help people get the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It is based on the simple notion that if you empower people, and make care personal to each family, it is more likely to work for them and cost less for everyone. To achieve this […]
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In the coalition era, PMQs has become a pretty unedifying event. But, this week, it sank to a new low. In the Prime Minister’s absence, his Deputy picked up the Cameron textbook and followed it to the letter. In fact, he took it to a whole new level. Most of his replies did all, or a combination, of the following: evade the question; blame Labour; distort the facts; and celebrate a coalition policy unconnected to the original question. Clegg’s pantomime-style gestures to the massed Tory ranks behind him, inviting cheers for policies he and his Lib Dem MPs were never given a […]
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The Labour Party has now released its consultation documents on policy. They are all on the Your Britain website.  Anyone can submit comments on line.  The health document is below.  The SHA will be considering how to respond. The process from here on is: Each Constituency Labour Party and affiliated organisation may submit up to ten amendments in total, and up to four on any one paper. The deadline is 13th June. National Policy Forum representatives will meet on a regional or sectional basis to discuss which amendments to bring forward for discussion at the final NPF meeting. Each NPF […]
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These are the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Whole-Person Care commissioned by Andy Burnham to make recommendations about how we can integrate health and care services within existing resources, and without another reorganisation. The final report, which can be downloaded here, sets out a blueprint for bringing our health and care services into the 21st Century. The provision of care 1.1 A new government in 2015 must outline expectations and milestones for the growth of new forms of coordinated provision. Local flexibility in the development of new provider models must be encouraged by Government so that different integrated models […]
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This is  Labour Party  NHS Check 5 originally published by Labour’s Shadow Health Team in December 2012 Revealed: •The government has broken its promise to protect funding for cancer networks and heart and stroke networks – vital groups of clinicians and other experts that drive improvements in patient care. •Cancer networks say their budgets have been cut by a quarter, and their staff by a fifth since 2009/10. Heart and stroke networks say their budgets have been cut by 12% and their staff by 16%. Funding for both types of networks has fallen year on year under the government, and […]
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Cameron’s hidden dementia taxes hit vulnerable hardest REVEALED: • Older and disabled people will pay an average of £655 more for home help this year compared to four years ago • Dial-a-ride transport services double in price over same period • ‘Meals on wheels’ cost 65p more – older people paying an extra £235 per year Government cuts to local authority care budgets have left the most vulnerable people in society paying spiralling charges for their own care. A Labour survey of council social care departments reveals the care charges older and disabled people will pay this year. Government cuts […]
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