Like much of the UK, Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) has a growing and ageing population, which is causing a significant increase in the demand for all types of local health and care services. Our health budget for B&NES is being stretched and as a result, we need to make savings.
We have already made efficiencies of £1.4m towards this financial year, but we still need to make savings of £10.2m to avoid a deficit.
We are working with our GP practice members and partners across the local health and social care sector to transform primary and community services, so that more people can be treated at home, rather than in hospital. This shift will bring substantial cost savings, as well as improvements to patient experience and outcome, but takes time to implement.
There are things we can all do to help make sure our NHS is fit for the future, and these include picking the right service when you need help, managing minor illnesses at home with support from your local pharmacist, cancelling any appointments you no longer need and staying as fit and healthy as possible.
For more information on our situation and how you can help, see our ‘Frequently asked questions’ page. You can also hear more about our plans and ways to get involved at our 2017 Annual General Meeting in July. To register to attend, click here or email Stacey Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org.