Health Services: Greater Manchester

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of devolution of spending to Greater Manchester on (a) patients who live outside the Greater Manchester area but who are registered with a GP there and (b) patients who wish to receive treatment at a hospital in Greater Manchester but who live outside the area.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This is a historic partnership between local organisations in Greater Manchester (GM), with general practitioners as clinical leaders working with elected leaders to improve services for people living in the area.

The National Health Service bodies involved, including NHS England and the relevant clinical commissioning groups, will remain statutorily accountable for the exercise of their functions. GM will work collaboratively with local non-GM bodies and take into account the impact of GM decisions upon non-GM bodies and their communities.

The fundamental national policies including Choice, inspection regimes, guidance and regulations will continue to apply to GM but, in line with the Five Year Forward View published by NHS England, GM will exercise greater freedom in how they are implemented so that local services better reflect the priorities of local patients and service users.

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