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Meeting the Local Medical Committee

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Local MP Meg Munn recently met a number of GPs representing the Local Medical Committee to discuss how the Health and Social Care Act was impacting on the delivery of primary care in the city. They discussed a range of issues, including: the integration of health and social care; GP workloads; investment in mental health services; and the availability of appointments. 

The GPs expressed concerns about the privatisation of services at the expense of quality. This applies particularly in areas where large multinational companies bid for services and then undercut local very good providers in the charity and voluntary sectors.

Meg said:

“I am very concerned about the pressure on primary care which is being added to by the increasing group of vulnerable people affected by unemployment and cuts to welfare benefits who are seeking out medical help.  This includes how they can access foodbanks.  I will be writing to the Minister.”

At the meeting Meg promised to ask a question in the House of Commons about the funding of integrated health and social care and subsequently did so:

Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): The guidance that the Government have produced on transferring funds from the NHS to local authority social care makes it clear that the money can be used to plug gaps in social care caused by cuts. Does that not just mean that the local authorities that are under most pressure because they have had the biggest cuts will not be in a position to develop the integrated health and care services that we would all like to see?

Mr Jeremy Hunt: I hope that I can reassure the hon. Lady, because the conditions for accessing that 3.8 billion fund are absolutely clear. Local authorities will not be able to access it unless they can promise to maintain services at their current levels. They are allowed to make financial efficiencies, as is the NHS, and everyone needs to look at that, but not if it means a deterioration in services.

 


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