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'Devolution revolution' to give Havering more power over own healthcare

PUBLISHED: 12:03 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 15 December 2015

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed the plans at Great Ormond Street Hospital this morning. Photo: PA/Stefan Rousseau

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed the plans at Great Ormond Street Hospital this morning. Photo: PA/Stefan Rousseau

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More power over healthcare will be given to Havering as part of a ground-breaking devolution pilot scheme announced by George Osborne today.

Early intervention and managing the chronically ill would be the focus for the project in Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and Havering, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Great Ormond Street Hospital this rmoning.

The scheme would involve an Accountable Care Organisation, where primary and secondary care are more closely integrated.

The pilot is one of five across the capital which aims to allow health and civic leaders to begin to take control of their own affairs.

The health devolution agreement was signed by London partners, including all of London’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Local Authorities (LAs), the Greater London Authority; and national bodies including NHS England, Health Education England, NHS Improvement and Public Health England.

George Osborne said the move was “another crucial step in our devolution revolution and is the start of us handing over valuable healthcare power to local leaders in London.”

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