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23 October 2014

East Midlands Health Check gives cause for concern

MPs, councillors and health professionals will hold a summit meeting at Westminster on Thursday 30 October to discuss the effectiveness of health services across the East Midlands, as part of a 'Health Review' led by East Midlands Councils. 

The joint meeting of East Midlands Councils (EMC) and the East Midlands All Party Parliamentary Group (EMAPPG) comes as new research by EMC shows:

  • Health spending per head in the East Midlands is below the average for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
  • Evidence of widening health inequalities across many parts of the East Midlands - for example growing concentrations of people with a limiting long-term illness or disability towards the east coast, around the former coalfield areas and in Nottingham and Derby; and
  • Up to 40% of GP training places in the East Midlands remain unfilled - with growing problems of GP recruitment and retention across the region.

More information on health funding in the East Midlands is available here.

Cllr Jon Collins, Chairman of East Midlands Councils said:

It is clear that aspects of our health services are being under-funded relative to other part of the country, and we need to take active steps to address that imbalance. But we must also finds ways of making far better use of the resources we have.  I believe that a greater role for local government in the provision of local health services can help to drive the improvements we need.

Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Co-Chair of the East Midlands APPG said: 

Resources for health services will always be finite.  As a result we must retain a strong focus on finding efficient and effective ways of improving the health outcomes of people across the East Midlands.  The research shows there is still significant room for improvement and an opportunity for implementing more innovative approaches to the delivery of health care.  

Dr Meng Khaw, Centre Director for the East Midlands, Public Health England said:

This meeting and the Health Review led by East Midlands Councils is a very timely initiative. Only by working in partnership can we take the action necessary to address the significant health challenges that exist across the East Midlands.  

The conclusions of the Health Review will be launched at the next General Meeting of East Midlands Councils in February 2015. 

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Notes to Editors

East Midlands Councils is the consultative forum for local authorities in the region. It provides support to Councils to improve their services and is a strong voice for the East Midlands. www.emcouncils.gov.uk 

Contacts  

For further information please contact:

Stuart Young, Executive Director

East Midlands Councils

Tel: 01664 502631

Mob 07771 966 905

Email: stuart.young@emcouncils.gov.uk

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