latest health care news

20.09.18

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review.

Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to drive a “step change in outcomes for the citizens and communities of the Scottish Borders.”

The proposal “advances a vision for a single service delivery vehicle, encompassing the council and NHS Borders in the first instance.”

If approved on Tuesday, the plans will be submitted to the Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) as part of a local government review, which is to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across central and local government with communities.

The council argues that potential benefits would include following a common approach to service delivery, reduction in competition between different bodies, and better service and financial efficiency.

The proposals would be “a starting point for dialogue with Scottish Government and COSLA for what would represent a long-term project, but it sets out the nature and scale of local ambition.”

The council argues that increased integration and a single public authority “must be matched by an enhanced model of community engagement” if the local government review’s aim of “making sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run” is to be realised.

 

Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

Turning blue lights green

11/04/2019Turning blue lights green

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a cities network that campaigns on env... more >
Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Hams, director of quality and chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospital... more >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

System working in an uncertain world

09/05/2019System working in an uncertain world

What, exactly, is an integrated care system? Well, it’s unclear, writes Kacey Cogle, policy advisor at NHS Providers. On the NHS England website, integrated care sy... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >