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The Taking Charge Together Programme, the first medical reforms in the country, ushers in a ‘New Era’ in Health and well-being for residents of Manchester . . . . reports Asian Lite News

NHS HospitalThe Greater Manchester is all set for a ‘new era’ in medical finance. From the 1st of April 2016, the administrators and the clinicians of Manchester would take control of a combined health and social care budgets. The total sum of this combined budget would be around £6 million. That apart, there will also be a £450 million grant for the proper execution of the programme- Taking Charge Together. This programme would be part of the Five-Year Plans.

The combined distribution of medical support came as a conscious decision to give the city a certain amount of freedom in order to overcome the medical problems of the local people. The main aim is to fight inequalities which are developed when medical autonomy remains in the hands of a single institution. Other than inequalities, the joint controllers also aim to fight worst health outcomes. The scope of this programme encompasses babies, children, those struck with poverty, cancer patients, people with heart diseases and elderly patients.

Interestingly, the medical scenario of Manchester would still work under the over arching umbrella of the National Health Service (NHS). But, there will be greater autonomy in the hands of the local clinicians and administrators as part of the Taking Charge Together Programme.

According to Lord Peter Smith, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board, ““Establishing the new system has been the crux of our focus for the past 12 months and we have made unprecedented and unrivalled progress in this regard. Quite frankly, the progress we have made has been revolutionary for the region and we are in a great place ahead of a new era for health and social care services.”

Ann Barnes, Chief Executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust adds, “Our priority in Greater Manchester has always been to improve services and outcomes for patients. That’s never changed. . . . .  It should mean that more people leave hospital sooner and others avoid having to go to hospital all together.”