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CCGs: Working the system in County Hall

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July 10. 2012
Theresa Eynon

As CCGs find themselves in County Hall under the benign scrutiny of their Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, they need to think about how to extract some of the funds being reserved by their political colleagues.

The argument that we need to spend this money in order to save is a strong one - if only you have some data to back it up.

This networks has aready discussed the evidence that managing mental health in long term conditions is an economic imperative for commissioners.

Lord Layard's recent summary of the evidence is something you might like to post on to your local politicians for their perusal

http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/special/cepsp26.pdf

An interesting approach to community wellbeing and public health can be found here.

http://janefoot.com/downloads/files/healthy%20FINAL%20FINAL.pdf

Short-sighted politicians, with an election looming, may prioritise cutting council tax.

Don't let them take money from health-related activities. CCGs need to be wise to political ways of working and ensure they can argue their corner.

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