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A new, independent and broad-based citizens’ initiative – the People’s Plan – was launched in Greater Manchester last October and has now published its findings.  This extract covers health and care  – but other parts of the plan would also impact on health.  Since 2016 Greater Manchester has responsibilities for managing and integrating hitherto separate, centrally funded NHS services and local authority adult care services. Both services are in crisis: in adult care, austerity budget cuts have reduced numbers receiving home care by some 20% nationally; and in health services, the halving of the number of hospital beds over the […]
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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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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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Integration. Prevention. Personalisation. The buzzwords that indicate the reforms our health and care system needs are as widely recognised as they are overused. So too are the problematic features of current service provision: fragmentation, barriers and silos. The challenge is not one of rhetoric, but of moving beyond words to practically forge a system that works for people – and enables us all to live healthier, happier lives. The context is a challenging one  – on this there is also widespread consensus. People are living longer, and many more with long-term, complex conditions. The medical advances and increased life expectancies we […]
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