16 / 09 / 2015
The Devolution Bill must empower local leaders to make necessary changes, our evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the Devolution Bill has stressed.
Informed by feedback and engagement with members, it also cautions against the legislation becoming overly prescriptive or reliant on using the Greater Manchester model as a blueprint for devolution arrangements.
The submission raises a number of implications of devolution and the Bill requiring further consideration and public debate. This includes:
- regulation and accountability
- variation in NHS accessibility
- cross-border implications.
"Devolution will not be a silver bullet to solve the significant financial challenges facing either health or social care," the submission says.
"Devolution of health and care will not necessarily improve financial sustainability unless funding issues across the system are addressed in the forthcoming spending review. Until this happens, our members fear that all devolution may be achieving is making a national funding problem a local funding problem."