Hertfordshire hailed for good Compact practice

Hertfordshire County Council has invited local charities to comment on the spending priorities of the county's primary care trusts in a move that Compact Voice has hailed as an unprecedented example of good practice.

The council’s ‘scrutiny topic group’ will assess whether the current allocation of NHS money in the county provides the best clinical outcomes, and is inviting submissions from organisations that have an interest in health issues.

Bernard Lloyd, who chairs the Hertfordshire Health Scrutiny Committee, which formed the group, said: “It is important in the current financial climate that we ensure the cake is sliced in the most effective way. We want submissions from as wide a range of organisations as possible. We need to know how NHS spending in Hertfordshire benefits or marginalises the varying needs of residents.”

Paul Barasi, an officer of Compact Voice, the body representing the English voluntary and community sector in taking the Compact forward, said: “The Local Compact Implementation Workbook suggests public bodies should work on their budgets together with the sector, including on improving effective resource deployment. However, we haven’t had feedback that sector involvement in budgets is going on.”

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