Our health prescription for a better Yorkshire

The Party has a prescription for the county’s health service: put the care of our people in Yorkshire’s hands.

The Party’s Director of Communications, Jack Bannan, said “We believe control over the NHS should be devolved to Yorkshire – just as it is in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Greater Manchester.

“People should receive healthcare based on need, not on the ability to pay, and this can be delivered only with increased funding to an NHS led by the public sector.”

As we say in our vision for health and social care in the county: “We believe in a properly funded, integrated health and social care system, led by the public sector and supported, as appropriate, by properly qualified alternative providers, with local community engagement at its heart.”

 

In our latest analysis of a key issue, we consider a plan for physical and mental health and social care.

 

Why do we need devolved healthcare?

The NHS five-year-forward view asserted that “England is too diverse for a ‘one size fits all’ care model to apply everywhere’. Instead local services should be tailored to local need, and that health and social care need not look exactly the same everywhere, said NHS England.  www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs/  

 

How would it work?

Look at Greater Manchester’s devolution, which brought together more than £6.2bn health and social care budgets, to “join up the dots”, extending efforts to integrate services beyond just those of health and social care, and shifting the focus to improving population health

What was involved?

Devolution gave Greater Manchester the ability to adapt services to local needs. This included: a three-year vision to improve services for people with learning disabilities; a Dementia United partnership designed to make Greater Manchester more dementia-friendly; a new model of public health leadership to tackle health inequalities; and seven-day GP access for patients.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39071376

 

What are the intended benefits?

By 2020, Greater Manchester health and social care devolution is expected to result in: 64,000 fewer people with chronic conditions and 10% fewer visits to urgent care; 6,000 fewer people being told they have cancer; 25,000 people with severe mental illness getting community-based care, reducing need for urgent services by 30%;  18,000 at-risk children being better supported by local services, improving education and reducing crime;  700,000 people with chronic conditions able to manage their health in ways that suit them; 2.8m people with seven-day GP access and more integrated health and social care services. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/field_publication_file/devolution-briefing-nov15.pdf

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