LGA responds to new NHS reform plan

“The success of the Government’s plans to deliver better outcomes for people and communities will be absolutely reliant on councils and they must be recognised as a key player and have a clear place in these plans going forward."


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Responding to the announcement of the new NHS reform plan, Councillor David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association Community Wellbeing Board said:

“The success of the Government’s plans to deliver better outcomes for people and communities will be absolutely reliant on councils and they must be recognised as a key player and have a clear place in these plans going forward.

“Councils’ responsibilities on adult social care, public health, housing and other services that support wellbeing, as well their close links to the voluntary sector and care providers, are all crucial to ensuring the outcomes for people are as positive as they can be.

“Preventive services, such as tackling loneliness, improving early years outcomes, and falls prevention all rely on council services and ultimately reduce pressures and costs further down the line. It must be considered high priority as part of these plans.

“It is good that the Government have a clear commitment to improving personalisation within the NHS but joining up care and support around the individual requires much closer working with local government, wider partners and those who are affected by or draw on care and support.”

“Place-based partnerships are key to delivering the best health outcomes for communities, and we strongly support the Government’s ambition for joining up health and care services. However, social care, public health and all other elements of these partnerships need the funding and support necessary to thrive.”