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New hubs are being considered to help improve healthcare options for people living in Lichfield and Burntwood. Staffordshire County Council is looking at options including the creation of clusters of GP practices which would bring together social care, mental health professionals and pharmacies to deliver more specialist care in communities rather than hospitals. The idea is being considered as part of the authority’s Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP).
Cllr Alan White
Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said: “People in Staffordshire are living longer which is something which should be celebrated, but the reality for many people is that these later years are often spent in poor health. “Supporting these people puts a huge pressure on services and of course finances, so it is hugely important that councils, NHS partners and communities themselves work together to focus on prevention and early intervention to support more people enjoy better health and greater independence. “Part of this needs to be a shift in focus from hospital care to supporting more people in their homes and communities and the health and care hubs are something which potentially could really work well for Staffordshire families.” The proposals is set among a backdrop of financial woes for local healthcare provision, with the county council forced to consider a range of cuts to plug a £15million fudning hole. Labour and Conservative leaders in Burntwood have also blasted the town’s healthcare provision as “not fit for purpose”. Cllr White said the new hubs were among a range of proposals contained in the STP, which will go before the county council’s Cabinet on July 20. They also include ambitions to improve social care for the elderly and support for those with long-term conditions. “The STP provides a huge opportunity for us to transform health and care across the county,” Cllr White added. “We also want to ensure the adult social work we fund or provide not only for the elderly, but also for people with disabilities or with mental health problems compliments this work so that the care for Staffordshire residents is sustainable, affordable and the best it can be.”


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