Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Radical Health Plan Aims to Tackle a Looming Care Crisis ; Health Chiefs Are Planning What They Call the Most Ambitious Redesign of Health Services

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Radical Health Plan Aims to Tackle a Looming Care Crisis ; Health Chiefs Are Planning What They Call the Most Ambitious Redesign of Health Services

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MORE than 240,000 patients in Tameside and Glossop will benefit from radical plans to transform their healthcare and to fix the hospital 'for good'.

Health chiefs are planning what they say is the country's most ambitious redesign of health services by bringing hospital and community care together for the first time since 1948.

The Care Together plans, which were first discussed in 2013, are still in their early stages and come amid warnings that Tameside faces a Pounds 74m health and social care funding gap by 2019.

It also comes as Tameside Hospital is still fighting to get out of special measures and is forecast to end the current financial year with a deficit of Pounds 21m.

Under the Care Together plans, health and social care would be commissioned by a single body drawn from Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group, and from Tameside Council.

A review is now taking place to test whether one body could also provide hospital, community and social care as a single service. One aim will be to set up 'local care teams' which will act as a single point of contact for patients with complex needs and provide them with 'seamless' care.

Health chiefs say the plans could mean fewer trips to hospital for patients, with more care being provided closer to people's homes.

It could also mean moving some services from Tameside to nearby hospitals, but no decisions will be made until a public consultation has been held.

A briefing document says: "No decisions about what the hospital will look like will be taken without the chance for the public, patients, care workers, GPs and others to have their say.

"Tameside Hospital has had some problems with the quality of the care that has been delivered for patients, but now, by carrying out this review and with the steps that have already been taken, we aim to fix these problems for good."

Tameside and Glossop missed out in a bid to win a share of a Pounds 200m fund to transform healthcare, with cash going to separate integration schemes in Salford and Stockport. …

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