09/03/2015 1 Comment
The week before last a new Health and Social Care funding deal was announced for the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities, and whilst it is built on the city region deal that has been worked on for months, the scope and size of the pooling was a surprise to many of us. i.e. the completely pooling of all of the city region’s Health and Social Care funding under the control of a sort of super-sized Health and Wellbeing Board. Of course as with all things, the ‘devil is in the detail’ but it’s fair to say the deal is clearly not something matured and nurtured by the Department of Health and DCLG but a Treasury and more specifically a George Osborne big bang.
I think I can speak with some knowledge on this process given that in my role at the LGA Community Wellbeing Board where I hold the national Portfolio for Health and Social Care integration, and we are currently grappling with the minutiae of the Better Care Fund’s modest proposals all councils are having to work thought, well that is apart from it seems, the Manchester combined authorities!
So it is to be welcomed rather than the rather negative response from Labour’s Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham who despite speech after speech that he wants to see just such an acceleration of the pooling, came out against it on twitter as it was leaking out. It is a shame he could not be more supportive of the very thing he has been saying he wants to see, but that politics!