Somerset GPs launch five-year plan in face of massive Government cuts

Bridgwater Mercury: Somerset GPs launch five-year plan in face of massive Government cuts Somerset GPs launch five-year plan in face of massive Government cuts

DOCTORS in Somerset facing Government funding cuts of £200million have launched a five-year strategy to safeguard people’s health.

The strategy has been created by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in Somerset – which represents 400 GPs in the area – with the aim of maintaining a high standard of care within the budget constraints.

The areas the Somerset CCG will be tackling include eliminating avoidable deaths in hospitals, reducing time spent in hospital through better and more integrated care in the community and reducing the number of years of life lost through treatable conditions such as cancer, strokes, heart disease, respiratory disease and liver disease.

Somerset CCG plans to make the patients, public and carers a key focus in its five-year plan with the hopes of encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, supporting self-care and helping people to manage their conditions.

Dr Matthew Dolman, chairman of the Somerset CCG, said: “There needs to be a community-wide response.

“All of the NHS organisations, the county and district councils, voluntary and support organisations, and most importantly the patients, public and carers need to work together to build a sustainable NHS in Somerset for generations to come.”

To find out more about the Somerset CCG’s five-year strategy visit www.somersetccg.nhs.uk or email 5yStrategy@somersetccg.nhs.uk

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:14am Tue 1 Jul 14

awayswing says...

It is difficult to see how £200 million cuts while safeguarding peoples health go hand in hand.Fewer and fewer newly qualified doctors wish to go into general practice,or A and E,so apparently those doctors left will be doing longer and longer hours,to the detriment of the doctors and their patients..
It is difficult to see how £200 million cuts while safeguarding peoples health go hand in hand.Fewer and fewer newly qualified doctors wish to go into general practice,or A and E,so apparently those doctors left will be doing longer and longer hours,to the detriment of the doctors and their patients.. awayswing
  • Score: 1

6:47pm Tue 1 Jul 14

jimeee says...

Cutting out the waste would soon save £200m.
Cutting out the waste would soon save £200m. jimeee
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Fri 4 Jul 14

BaldyLocks says...

Huge amounts of money could be saved by not treating those people that willfully cause their own illnesses. By that I mean drug addicts, smokers, heavy drinkers, fat people.
Huge amounts of money could be saved by not treating those people that willfully cause their own illnesses. By that I mean drug addicts, smokers, heavy drinkers, fat people. BaldyLocks
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree