Health trusts cut to five big ones…

Shawn Woodward has announced major cuts in the health administration budget, by collapsing 18 trusts into into five super trusts. The saving he claims will be slashed from £95 down to £33 millions. We’re likely to see a process of subsidiarity taking over, with decisions being driven as far down the chain as possible. Five, and not seven will disrupt the co-terminousity concept that Hain hinted at earlier.

  • Pete Baker

    Actually, Mick the lowest rung of the chain is being abolished, as Shaun Woodward has stated here

    “The plans include:

    seven local commissioning bodies, demand led by patients and driven by GPs and primary care professionals, taking on some roles from the four Boards and some roles from the 15 Local Health and Social Care Groups, which will be abolished.”

    In fact, those new Local Commissioning Groups should be called Super-Commissioning Groups.

    Also worth noting that the 15 Local Health and Social Care Groups were only introduced, as part of the previous review of Primary Care Health provision, after extensive consultation, in 2001 by the then-Minister for Health, Bairbre de Brun..

    ..although the reality is, due to mishandling of the establishing of those groups by the Minister and others, that the imagined Groups – proposed in 2000 in the “Building the Way Forward in Primary Care” document – were not matched by what was actually implemented.

  • Brian Boru

    This reminds me of the Health Boards in the South. We got rid of them this year, because they were run by politicians who were more interested in manipulating the health-service to get votes in their constituencies. Merging the trusts into one supertrust is probably better in terms of doing away with that sort of carry on.

  • Pete Baker

    You don’t seem to be paying attention, Brian..

    There are to be 5 Trusts as well as 7 Super Commissioning Groups..

    ..and the 15 Local Health and Social Care Groups, which were supposed to be local commissioning groups under the Review of Primary Health care proposals – proposals which resulted in the cutting of Primary Care services at hospitals across the north – are being abolished.