Devolution of NHS Spending in Greater Manchester
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In response to Greater Manchester today becoming the first local authority in England to take control of its £6bn health and social care budget, Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, commented:
"We welcome the Greater Manchester plans and look forward to working with relevant partners in the city region as the plans develop to ensure the highest standards of patient care are implemented.
"The College supports proposals of better integration health and social care and moves to reduce the NHS’s general over-reliance on hospitals. We also welcome the concept of local services being configured to meet specific local needs.
"However, we also believe that patients are best served in a NHS that has a national focus and offers the same standard of high quality care, regardless of where it is needed. Therefore all decisions over resources and services should meet nationally agreed clinical and patient safety standards and be as open and transparent as possible."
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