Robert Largan, MP for the High Peak, has expressed his disappointment with the decision to place Glossop under the Derbyshire Integrated Care System (ICS).
Glossop is currently part of Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Tameside & Glossop NHS Trust. As part of the Government’s Health & Social Care reforms, CCGs will be replaced by ICSs by April 2022.
Derbyshire County Council has pushed for Glossop to be part of the Derbyshire ICS and the Government has decided that ICS boundaries should follow local authority boundaries, to allow for closer integration and cooperation between the NHS and the social care system.
Robert Largan MP argued that Glossop should continue to be linked with Tameside under the new ICS boundaries.
Despite the strong representations from the High Peak MP, the Government has today confirmed that Glossop will be included in Derbyshire ICS.
In a letter outlining the decision, Edward Argar MP, Minister of State for Health, has reassured Glossop residents that they will continue to access the same hospital and referral pathways as they do now.
The Minister also confirmed that allocating resources to each ICS will continue to be determined by NHS England in the same way as allocations are currently made to CCGs.
The Minister also stressed that the benefits of this change mean that the unique priorities of Glossop’s communities are to be better supported in the Derbyshire ICS, which shares similar demographics and includes the rest of the High Peak area.
Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, commented:
“I’m disappointed with the decision to move Glossop from Tameside to Derbyshire for healthcare.
“I passionately made the case to Ministers, supporting the view of local GPs, NHS staff, and residents, that Glossop should remain with Tameside.
“However, I want to reassure residents that, despite scaremongering from some quarters, this decision will not mean patients will have to travel to Chesterfield for treatment. Tameside Hospital will remain the local hospital for Glossop.
“Ministers have also confirmed that this decision will not impact the funding available to our local NHS, and that funding will be allocated in the same way as they are allocated now with Clinical Commissioning Groups.
“My focus will be on working closely with all local health authorities, to ensure High Peak residents get the best possible care. I will continue to fight for a new urgent care centre for Tameside Hospital too.”