Julian Smith MP and Andrew Jones MP met with Amanda Bloor, the Chief Officer of Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group. The discussion centred on the CCG’s recent announcement on a number of measures to improve long term patient health and to address financial challenges.
Ms Bloor set out the CCG’s vision to promote healthy behaviours and prevent as much ill-health as possible. This involves prioritising action on smoking, obesity, diabetes and wider lifestyle factors such as inactivity and harmful alcohol use. The CCG is also working to ensure it gets the best value from the funding it receives to improve its financial sustainability.
Julian Smith MP said: ‘Harrogate and Rural District CCG and other health services are working incredibly hard to find efficiencies and to improve their long term financial sustainability, and it is very important that we do everything we can to help them in this.
‘I welcome the vision that Amanda set out on behalf of the CCG in this respect because this focus means improvements in the health and wellbeing of local residents and also provides reassurance about the CCG’s financial health.’
Andrew Jones MP added: 'We have high-quality healthcare in this area – just a few weeks ago our cancer care was rated among the best in the country. Much of that is down to the work of our local CCG and the doctors, nurses and support staff within the NHS here in the Harrogate district.
I am grateful for the work that they do and was pleased to hear about the achievements and vision of our local CCG from Amanda.’