LGA responds to new NHS reform plan

“The success of the government’s plans to deliver better outcomes for people and communities will absolutely depend on the councils and they must be recognized as a key player and given a clear place in those plans going forward.”

Responding to the announcement of the new NHS reform plan, Cllr David Fothergill, chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Council, said:

“The success of the government’s plans to deliver better outcomes for people and communities will absolutely depend on the councils and they must be recognized as a key player and given a clear place in those plans going forward.

“The councils’ responsibilities for adult social care, public health, housing and other services that support well-being, together with their close links to the voluntary sector and care providers, are all essential to ensure that outcomes for people are as positive as possible.

“Preventive care, such as tackling loneliness, improving early childhood outcomes and preventing falls, all relies on counseling services and ultimately reduces pressures and costs later . It should be considered a high priority within these plans.

“We welcome the government’s clear commitment to improving personalization within the NHS, but linking care and support around the individual requires much closer collaboration with local government, wider partners and those affected. through or benefiting from care and support.

“Place-based partnerships are key to delivering the best health outcomes to communities, and we strongly support the government’s ambition to bring health and care services together. However, social care and all other elements of these partnerships need the necessary funding and support to thrive.