The Anonymous Widower

Greater Manchester To Control Local Health Budget

\This report on the BBC entitled Greater Manchester Councils ‘to control £6bn NHS budget’, is surely the way for healthcare to go in the UK, as I suspect that health needs in various parts of the country can be very different.

Manchester is getting increasingly like London with an elected mayor responsible for various issues. Some of these issues are related, like the provision of good public transport to and from hospitals, so it is only right that they are dealt with locally. I am lucky in that my three local hospitals; the Royal London, Homerton and University College are all an easy bus ride or train journey away, but what proportion of the UK population, need to get a car or taxi to their local hospital?

February 25, 2015 - Posted by | Health, Transport | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I think it depends on the balance of power between the various councils/NHS Trusts. Manchester City Council have some odd ideas, they take political correctness to the extreme of often showing bias against able-bodied white Brits. We will have to see what happens

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | February 25, 2015 | Reply

    • That’s why you have a directly-elected mayor. They have to appeal to everyone. Quite a few of the votes that Borken got, weren’t their normal supporters. Some London boroughs were a bit like you say Manchester is. If they hadn’t seen sense Ken wouldn’t have got elected a second time.

      Comment by AnonW | February 25, 2015 | Reply

  2. I hope a mayor does deal with some of the disparity. We live in the borough of Stockport, and don’t do badly at all compared to a lot of other areas. We were a Conservative council when we moved here nearly 27 years ago, and the ward we live in had one each of Lab/LibDem and Con, councillors. But that all changed when Blair was elected – almost all conservative councillors lots their seats. Lib Dem had majority in coucil, and Labout are permanently trying to stir things up for them, and trying to people that the libDems are not spending money wisely. Stockport is at the bottom of the pile when it comes to govt monies (used to be rate support grant); but having been a school governor, I know how well LibDem make the small amount of money goes and very long way! I am fairly sure that on occasions Labour claim to support something which is a long way off party/coalition policy, simply because LibDem don’t support it, or vice versa.

    It will be interesting to see who stands for mayor – I can think of one or two potentials.

    Don’t know which way I will vote in general election: normally vote LibDem, have done for many years, since I first voted. But I live in a strong labour constituency – the surrounding ones are LibDem. I do not want Labour to get back in, the mess we are in now is of their making. But our MP is Ann Coffey who has done some excellent work nationally around safeguarding of children following all the sex abuse scandals. So I don’t want her personally to lose her seat, she still has a lot of offer on a national level.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | February 26, 2015 | Reply


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