Page 3 - BNES Annual Report Summary 2018
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 2017/18 has been a very challenging year for health and   We are grateful to everyone who has taken time to have their say and get involved with our consultations and
 care services both locally and nationally. Bath and North East   public engagement work. You can find out more about how to get involved on page 19.
 Somerset (B&NES), like many parts of the health service, is   We would like to thank everyone who works for the CCG for their dedication and hard work. The staff are an
 struggling with growing demand, financial pressures and   incredibly talented group that cares deeply about health and care services in B&NES and strives every day to make
 workforce shortages, which are making it more and more   them the best they can be.
 challenging to meet some of the key national targets.

 We were required to deliver savings of £11.6m (4.5 per cent of our total
 allocation) to ensure we did not overspend. Consequently, we have had to
 make a number of difficult decisions on the availability of some products
 and treatments such as over-the-counter medicines and fertility treatment.   Tracey Cox  Dr Ian Orpen
                           Chief Officer                           Clinical Chair
 Despite these challenges, you will see that we have continued to increase
 the range of services available in the community such as the Falls Rapid
 Response Service and the Early Home Visiting Service, which both help to
 relieve the demand on primary care.

 We have also continued to work closely with our partner organisations in
 B&NES and across the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and
 Transformation Partnership (STP). In particular, we have furthered our
 long-term plans to work more closely with B&NES Council.

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