Boltonians are taking charge
Monday 15 February 2016
NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is today (Monday 15 February) launching a brand new initiative encouraging Bolton people to make a pledge to ‘take charge’ of their own health and wellbeing. With Bolton’s new health and care locality plan forecasting a financial gap of £162 million for health and care in Bolton by 2020, local people are being called on to take a stand. Bolton Taking Charge is part of a Greater Manchester wide movement in response to the significant challenges now facing health and care services.
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, Chair of the CCG, said:
“Doing what we have always done is now no longer an option. Over the coming years, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, working with our partner organisations, will need to make big changes to the way we provide services – but we can’t do it alone! Bolton people have a big part to play too. I encourage both individuals and communities to consider what they can do to improve health and wellbeing and protect our valuable health and care services.”
“This is the start of an exciting and important journey for Bolton – we’re on the way to better health and care services, plus a healthier population. You’ll be hearing a lot more about our vision for health and care in Bolton over the coming years.”
Bolton’s new health and are locality plan sets out a future vision for Bolton where less money is spent on hospital care and more is invested in community based services. The focus is on prevention with services getting involved earlier to prevent a hospital admission, or even helping to stop someone getting ill in the first place. This ground breaking new plan has been developed by the CCG, in partnership with Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust.
Bolton people can get involved by sharing what they will do to take charge of their health and wellbeing and improve local services.
Bolton Taking Charge pledges can be posted:
- On social media using #BoltonTakingCharge @LMI_Bolton
- On the Let’s Make It online forum: letsmakeitbolton.co.uk/have-your-say
- By email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- By filling in a Bolton Taking Charge pledge card (look out for the CCG out and about in Bolton…)