Residents views needed for health strategy

Northwich Guardian: Residents views needed for health strategy Residents views needed for health strategy

RESIDENTS are being invited to help form a health strategy for the next five years.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) wants to hear residents views on factors that impact on their health and wellbeing as it works on its key priorities.

The final draft strategy, being drawn up by the council and its partners Healthwatch, Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group, West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England, will go before CWAC’s health and wellbeing board for approval in April.

There will then be a further a 12-week public consultation period.

Clr Brenda Dowding, executive member for adult social care and health and chairman of the health and wellbeing board, said: “For the past 40 years public health has been based within the NHS until responsibility passed to local government last year.

“Working with our healthcare partners, we now have a unique opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our population, ensure that we tackle what is important to our residents and prioritise and target funding to where it is needed most.”

She added: “I would encourage all residents to have their say on the services they use, have used or need and help shape our health and wellbeing provision for the next five years.”

A Health and Wellbeing Summit will take place on Thursday, February 6, enabling residents and key decision makers to identify the priority issues and discuss the ways in which the resulting actions can be delivered.

For more information visit wellbeingmatters.org.uk.

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7:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tracy manfredi says...

Lets hope then they look at the fact that in and around Northwich and witton asthma rates, cardiac health issues and respiratory diseases are higher than national average and look at the fact that these appear to be linked to the pollution in the area and seek to influence policy a d environmental legislation in turn.
Lets hope then they look at the fact that in and around Northwich and witton asthma rates, cardiac health issues and respiratory diseases are higher than national average and look at the fact that these appear to be linked to the pollution in the area and seek to influence policy a d environmental legislation in turn. tracy manfredi
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10:44pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Cymo says...

Yes, they need to focus on causes, not giving out pills for symptoms, which cause other side effects, which require other pills & further bump up the pharmaceutical companies profits
Yes, they need to focus on causes, not giving out pills for symptoms, which cause other side effects, which require other pills & further bump up the pharmaceutical companies profits Cymo
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11:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

L Byrne says...

Cllr Dowding is a senior local Tory politician. Presumably she therefore supports the plans of the Government to reduce the budget per person allowed to the Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group. This is not a measure to save money because it merely transfers the cash to more prosperous areas in the South. Even more outrageously, the current level paid to Vale Royal is already one of the lowest in the UK.

The planned measure will inevitably have a serious negative impact on health in this area because the local GPs will have less to spend on their patients.

I suggest that this is the first item on the Summit meeting on 6 February and look forward to hearing her response.
Cllr Dowding is a senior local Tory politician. Presumably she therefore supports the plans of the Government to reduce the budget per person allowed to the Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group. This is not a measure to save money because it merely transfers the cash to more prosperous areas in the South. Even more outrageously, the current level paid to Vale Royal is already one of the lowest in the UK. The planned measure will inevitably have a serious negative impact on health in this area because the local GPs will have less to spend on their patients. I suggest that this is the first item on the Summit meeting on 6 February and look forward to hearing her response. L Byrne
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