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Plans for a shadow Health and Wellbeing Board in York


12:01am 26th September 2011

City of York Council's Cabinet will be asked to approve plans for improving the way in which future health and social care services will be delivered in York in, at a meeting next month.

As part of the government's far-reaching health reforms, GPs will be responsible for commissioning the majority of health services in the future, with local authorities taking on the role of health improvement and ensuring that the commissioning of health and social care is linked up.

Although councils will not take on the new responsibilities until 2013, York will have 'shadow' arrangements in place from April 2012.

Under the proposals, York would set up a shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, which would include representatives from City of York Council, York Hospital Foundation Trust, Leeds Partnerships Foundation Trust (the new mental health provider), the Independent Care Group , the voluntary sector and those representing patients' interests.

If agreed, the new Health and Wellbeing Board will replace the existing Healthy City Board and the YorOK Children's Trust as the main overarching strategic board for overseeing health issues in the city.

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, said:

"While the idea of setting up a new Board may not seem very exciting in itself, this is in fact a real step forward for York. It will be the first time that the council has sat down with Doctors, the Hospital, other providers and those representing patients, to discuss the best way of delivering future health care in York.

"Giving the council and elected members a greater say in these matters is one aspect of the health reforms that we very much welcome. It will give us a real chance to plan better health and social care for the people of York."

Cabinet will consider the proposals for the new Health and Wellbeing Board on 4th October.

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