Headlines: March 9th, 2001

Primary care health staff and managers in Scotland want local communities must be trusted to address their own health needs.They say the current system – though allowing the setting of local priorities – is still too ‘top down’.

A conference of Local Health Care Co-operatives (LHCCs) this week called for recognition that priorities set centrally must be complimented by a community-driven approach to healthcare.

Currently, local priorities are identified but no means exist to address them.

The conference called for: LHCCs to be delegated control over local budgets, new joint ring-fenced budgets for health and social services that break down the old inhibiting barriers to joint working, and local community representation, through LHCCs represented on the new NHS Boards.

Link: web.bma.org.uk/scotland