A summit of health leaders has been held in Liverpool to discuss the changes in the NHS and the funding challenges facing the city.
Mayor Joe Anderson organised the event at the Town Hall, which was attended by members of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Director of Public Health Dr Paula Grey and Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, who chairs the Liverpool Health Commission set up by Mayor Anderson.
Mayor Anderson said: “I felt it was important to bring together all of the major players associated with health in the city.
“As Mayor I have pledged as part of my manifesto to work for a city which cares for its most vulnerable citizens. This includes everyone in the city but particularly those working in the health sector that provides services to the residents in the city.
“We all know that the NHS doesn’t have enough money to do everything, and at the same time we are facing unprecedented budget reductions.
“How we work as a system will be the way in which we continue to provide the right care and support for those needing it in the city.
“If any of us are to deliver what we set out to do – politically, organisationally and for residents to continue to access the health and social care that they need then we need to truly work collaboratively and think radically differently.”
Further discussions will take place looking at opportunities for NHS bodies to work more closely, integrate services and where the NHS and city council can work more closely?