There’s been a prediction that major disruption caused by re-organisation in the NHS could cast a shadow over the opportunity for developing partnerships with local councils.
Caroline Glendinning, Senior Research Fellow at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, told an audience of councillors that NHS managers would be so overwhelmed by the effort of getting primary care groups up and running that the opportunity to develop closer ties with councils was in danger of taking second place.
The White Paper which outlines plans to end of the internal market in the NHS sees greater GP involvement in allocating resources through Primary Care Groups. It also sees local authority chief executives participating in NHS Trusts and a statutory duty created for trusts to work in partnership with councils, who also provide a range of health and welfare-related services.
Caroline Glendinning was speaking at the Bridging the Divide session of the Local Government Information Unit conference. The session aimed to brief people in local government on the likely implications and opportunities for improved joint working as a result of forthcoming changes in the NHS.