Local Government: Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the proposed devolution of health care functions to Metro Mayors and Combined Authorities.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

Empowering local areas and communities to have more influence over the delivery of health and care services is a key part of the Government’s ambitions for locally integrated systems of care that lead to improved health and care outcomes, better experience and more efficient use of local resource.

The provisions in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill will be exercised through the implementation of bespoke devolution deals, agreed with individual areas and reflecting each area’s proposals and ambitions for devolution. Whatever devolved arrangements are entered into Government is clear that existing accountabilities and national standards for NHS services will still apply in a manner that is consistent and comparable to the rest of the NHS, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between Greater Manchester partners and NHS England for example.

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