Response to Greater Manchester's control of health spending

25 February 2015

Responding to the story that Greater Manchester is to become the first English region to get full control of its health spending, the Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, Clare Pelham, said:

‘It has to be a good thing to try out new ways to ensure that people are put first and receive the care and support they need. At present it sometimes seems like two giant titans — the NHS and social care — clash over artificial boundaries, targets and money. And forget that their first priority is to put people first. It will be important that there is a proper evaluation of whether it has worked well before it is tried elsewhere. And that the voices of disabled and older people are clearly heard in that assessment.

‘It is also vital that there is sufficient funding to ensure that the people of Manchester receive the care they need in the way they want to receive it. This may well mean more support to live independently in suitably adapted homes with homecare visits. If the reform enables better liaison on housing, it will be a significant step forward.’

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