Health event hailed a success
A LOCAL healthcare event which looked at the future of services in Plymouth in light of the NHS reforms has been hailed a great success.
'The New Face of the NHS: Challenges and Opportunities', which took place at Tamar Science Park at the end of last month, was held in light of major changes to public health services to be introduced next month.
Organised by Plymouth Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the city's Growth Board, the high-profile event welcomed a diverse mix of delegates from the medical and healthcare sector, as well as representatives from education, manufacturing, business services and not-for-profit organisations.
As of April GPs will take responsibility for local commissioning of healthcare services and the public health function will transfer from the NHS to Plymouth City Council.
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Service priorities and resource distribution will be controlled locally and there will be a renewed focus on prevention as opposed to cure.
A number of leading speakers at the event addressed different aspects of the new healthcare landscape, looking at how changes might affect healthcare employers and providers and how the population of Plymouth could benefit from new services.
David Parlby, chief executive at Plymouth Chamber, said: "Medical and healthcare is one of Plymouth's priority sectors so it is essential that the city's Chamber of Commerce actively supports the growth and development of such organisations, particularly in light of the radical changes to public services which will be coming into play next month."
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is now planning a follow-up event to be held in the autumn.