Surrey politicians, health bosses and local watchdog commit to work in partnership on issues facing local health and care services
Healthwatch Surrey, local councillors and leaders of the NHS and care services in Surrey have brokered an agreement to work together on the significant challenges that currently face the NHS.
The agreement will see a number of the most senior decision makers and decision making bodies of local care services working alongside the organisation charged with legal responsibility for speaking up for local people.
Commenting on the agreement, Peter Gordon, Chair of Healthwatch Surrey, said: “We believe this reflects serious intent of decision makers in Surrey to respect and take account of the views of people in Surrey”.
Cllr Helyn Clack, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health said: “With rising demand for services like adult social care putting a severe and growing strain on our finances, it’s hugely important for local being to be involved in shaping services.
“This new agreement builds on the good work we’re all doing together to help that happen and ensure individuals and their communities in Surrey continue to get the best possible health and social care support.”
Cllr Bill Chapman, Chairman of Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board added:
“We Scrutiny Board Members welcome this agreement which will further strengthen the good co-operative working arrangements that already exists.”
The agreement reinforces the requirement for transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the planning, delivering and review of health services in Surrey. It also seeks to ensure that the work of each part of these key elements of a large and complex system complement and reinforce each other, avoiding duplication.
Having committed to this agreement, each part of the local health system is now finalising plans for the future which will seek to take account of and further build on this work