Northumberland GP: “We don’t realise how good our health and social care services are”

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A Northumberland GP has said the region doesn’t realise how good its health and social care services are.

Dr Jane Lothian made the comments during an update on the county’s Better Care Fund at a meeting of Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board.

A report from the Northumberland Gazette explained how Alan Bell, from NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), outlined that Northumberland’s plan for 2019-20 totals £39.2million.

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That figure is made up of CCG funds of £24.2m along with contributions from central government to the local authority of £3m in Disabled Facilities Grants.

The report details how there is also £10.6m through what is known as the improved BCF and £1.5million in winter pressures grants.

It funds a range of services including home care, rehabilitation and support for people to live independently again after being discharged from hospital.

According to the Northumberland Gazette, Dr Lothian, who is also medical secretary for Northumberland LMC (local medical committee), said: “From the point of view of Fortress Northumberland, we don’t realise how good we are. We don’t realise how good our services are compared to many other areas.”

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