Healthier Together consultation launched

The Healthier Together review of Greater Manchester's health and care services launched on Tuesday 8 July 2014.

Plans for better access to GPs, better services in the community and hospitals sharing their expert clinicians across boundaries are central to a vision to transform health and social care across Greater Manchester, with the aim to deliver the best heath and care in the country for the people of Greater Manchester.

New proposals were formally launched at the Museum of Science and Industry by the leaders of the 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups in Greater Manchester, along with the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and NHS England.

The plans have been developed over the course of the past two years, with patients, carers, as well as doctors, nurses and other health and social care professionals, telling us that the need to transform our health and social care services is clear.

Under the hospital proposals, services for the most severely ill patients will be carried out by the teams working together across hospitals, with the most specialist care being undertaken on fewer sites. All other care will continue at all hospitals. It is proposed that there will either be four or five specialist sites across Greater Manchester. No District General Hospitals will close under the proposals, and no Accident and Emergency departments will close, though some services will change:

  • Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal Hospital and the Royal Oldham Hospital will all become specialist centres
  • Trafford General and Rochdale Infirmary will not change
  • Fairfield Hospital, Tameside Hospital and North Manchester Hospital will all become general hospital sites
  • Wigan's Royal Albert Infirmary, Royal Bolton Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital and Stepping Hill Hospital could become either specialist or general, depending on the outcome of the public consultation

 Dr Chris Brookes, A&E Consultant and Medical Director of Healthier Together, said: “Our vision is to deliver the best health and care in the country for our population in Greater Manchester. We all want the best care for ourselves and our families.

“Variation in quality of hospital treatment is a major factor in mortality of patients. I believe we can save over 1,000 lives over a five year period if we share services across a wider area, with clinicians from neighbouring hospitals working as a single team.

"At the moment our specialist resources are spread thinly across 10 hospital sites making it difficult for each hospital to ensure that consultants are present to deliver and direct care seven days per week and 24 hours per day. This means there are worse outcomes for patients who become ill or sustain an injury at evenings and weekends.”

The shared hospital service concept is in line with Healthier Together’s ambitions to provide more care in the community, working with local authorities and greater access to GP services and primary care.

For further information, or to view and complete the consultation questionnaire, visit the Healthier Together website www.healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk 

Public consultation events are also being arranged - visit the website for a full list of events in your area.