No, Stockport Together was an idea which was conceived by the leaders of Stockport’s health and social care organisations to in part avoid making cuts but more importantly to improve outcomes by working together differently.
It is true that all public sector budgets are under pressure. In the next four years we are predicting that Health& Social Care spending in Stockport when taken together will rise slightly but not as fast as advances in medicines, inflation and the pressures that come from the success of us all living longer.
We believe our proposals are the right ones irrelevant of how much funding we have available to us. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals developed and advocate our proposals. We believe it always right to work with people and communities to live healthier lives; identify and address problems with individual’s physical and mental health earlier; care for people using modern medicine and technology in their own homes thus helping them to remain independent longer; and supporting them to spend no more time in hospital than absolutely necessary. This is what we propose.
Nothing in the current proposals advocates cutting any services. All the services that are currently in place will still be there and in some cases we are proposing additional services such as the Falls Service. In some cases we propose bringing services together to reduce fragmentation such as reducing 21 intermediate tier services from 21 to 6, but in that case there is additional funding going in. In other areas we hope we will need less bed based care as people stay healthy and independent longer and we meet needs quickly as they arise. But when you need a service or a bed it will be there for you.
Whatever the resources that are made available through national policy our responsibility is to find the best way to distribute these in order to provide the best health and care outcomes possible for the population. We believe coming together and delivering these joint proposals is the way to deliver that responsibility.