Chancellor Expected To Announce Devolved Health And Care Budget For Region

St Mary's Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital

There’s been speculation that the Chancellor will announce a new devolved health and social care package for Cornwall, worth up to £2bn, in this week’s budget.

Whether the plan could affect delivery of services here in the Isles of Scilly, or include transfer of powers from our own Council, hasn’t been released.

The proposal was revealed in last Friday’s edition of the Independent newspaper and could be similar to that announced recently for Greater Manchester, where NHS and social care services run by several Authorities in the region have been brought under a single budget.

The sources say that under the scheme, NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council would jointly commission services.

Currently the Council of the Isles of Scilly has joint responsibility with NHS Kernow for health and care delivery here on the islands.

Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard has published ‘The Case for Cornwall’ which outlines how greater autonomy for the county could be achieved.

It highlights how responsibility for health, the economy and transport could be handed over from Westminster.

And earlier this year, Theo Leijser, the Chief Executive of Scilly’s Council, said devolution would “undoubtedly have an impact” on the islands and that councillors needed to analyse the implications over the coming year.

Mr Leijser said it could result in the creation of a combined Authority for the region and there was a risk that this could be implemented without sufficient understanding of the effects on Scilly.