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Devolution of NHS Spending in Greater Manchester

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01 Apr 2016

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."


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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