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York's Council Leader Visiting Hospital

james alexander

12:01am 23rd August 2012

Today (Thursday 23rd August 2012) City of York Council Labour Leader Councillor James Alexander will be visiting York Hospital to meet staff and patients on a special tour, including the emergency department and short stay ward.

Throughout the tour Cllr Alexander will be meeting with Chief Executive Patrick Crowley and Director of Operations Amanda McGale.

The visit comes during a time where many changes are planned to the health service with new roles for both the council and GPs. The council will take on responsibility for public health from April 2013. This is an enhanced role for local authorities which bring opportunities to embed health at the centre of the organisation.

The York Health and Wellbeing Board has decided on four key priorities for York;

making York a great place for our growing older population, improving mental health and intervening early, reducing health inequality and enabling all children and young people to have the best start in life.

Cllr James Alexander, City of York Council Leader, said:

“The changes to the health service are in progress, and I’m keen to get a full understanding on how they will affect residents.

“It’s vital the council and health service work together to ensure we achieve a locally-led and well co-ordinated public health service in York.”

Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I welcome the opportunity to discuss the services we provide in York with Cllr Alexander, as the links between healthcare providers and local authorities are growing ever stronger.

"It is increasingly important that we work together to better integrate all of our services to ensure we are meeting the needs of all our patients, whether they are receiving care at home, in hospital, or in the community.”

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