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Radical transformation of health services underway in Sutton 21.01.11

Major changes to health services in Sutton are now underway with the formation of an innovative new partnership.

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As part of a radical transformation of the health service, a Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board has been set up to guide decisions on public health, health improvement and social care for children and adults, on behalf of local people.

This follows the Government's white paper in which it outlined the need to devolve commissioning to GPs and give more power to local authorities so that decisions could be made at a local level based on the specific needs of an area.

It also means that health care and social care, which often overlap, will be more closely linked - with the aim of serving the community better.

Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health at Sutton Council, said: "This really is the start of the future of health services in Sutton and an exciting time for local people.

"Decisions on residents' care will, in the future, be made on a local level and be more specific to their needs.  

"By making arrangements to work together now we can make sure we are ahead of the game, embrace these inevitable major changes for the good and move forward to make the system better."

The Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board will not have any decision-making power until 2013 when the transition is complete. In the meantime they will be able to advise the council's Executive and set up excellent working relationships between the different services.

Members are to include councillors from both political parties and GPs.

A Sutton Consortium of GPs has also been established with representatives from the general practices in the area. This group was given pathfinder status by the Government in December for being one of the first in the country to up and running.

Sutton Council's agreed to set up the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board at the meeting of the Executive on Tuesday 18 January.

Last updated: Monday, 14 February 2011

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