The consultation on Bury’s proposed future model for urgent care is to be paused to allow NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) a chance to consider a new directive aimed at improving urgent and emergency care nationally.
Following the Chancellor’s Budget statement earlier this month, NHS England and NHS Improvement have jointly signalled urgent action now needed to turnaround urgent care performance during 2017.
The new requirements highlight the need for ‘concrete changes’ to secure a more robust urgent care system throughout the country to overcome the difficulties experienced in previous winters.
Whilst it is clear that many elements of the new directive are in line with Bury’s future proposed model; including better use of telephone triage, investment in evening and weekend GP appointments and GPs and nurses assessing and treating patients who do not need to be at A&E; further more detailed guidance on the requirements are awaited in the NHS Delivery Plan, which will be published in the coming weeks.
Stuart North Chief Officer for NHS Bury CCG said: “It is appropriate for the CCG to review these new requirements to ensure that they align fully with our proposed future model for urgent care in Bury. As a result, the consultation on the proposed future model for urgent care in Bury will be paused as of 14th March 2017, collection of feedback via the online survey will be paused and the two planned public meetings will be postponed for the time being whilst the new and anticipated guidance is received and considered.”
Cllr Rishi Shori, Leader of Bury Council added: "It is a sensible decision for the CCG to pause the urgent care consultation in order to review the impending guidance and ensure that it's proposals meet the current and future needs of the people of Bury.”