By Mark MacGregorThe Coventry Health and Social Care Authority (CCHCA) has released the details of a $1.5bn capital investment plan to help secure the future of Coventry, the country’s third largest city.
The CCHCA’s capital investment blueprint is a roadmap for Coventry to attract private investment and provide the public with access to healthcare services.
The plan for a range of services, including community health, supports a strong social and economic fabric, and the city has a “robust and resilient” public sector, said CCHAC director-general Dr James McGovern.
The blueprint includes a $300m new commitment for the Coventry Public Health Partnership, which is focused on enhancing the health and social services in Coventry and will have staff from across Coventry working on new services.
“Coventry has a robust and resilient public sector that has a proven track record of delivering the services we all expect,” said Dr McGovern, who was also the head of Coventcare.
The investment is part of a larger capital investment programme which is set to generate more than $3bn in revenue.
Coventcare, which operates more than 500 hospitals and clinics, has been hit by a series of closures and closures are expected to continue throughout 2017.
In a statement, Coventry said the CCHCCA’s investment plan will “provide Coventry the resources to continue to develop a highly competitive healthcare system for our residents and businesses and help us to continue providing affordable, high-quality healthcare to the wider community”.
“We believe the Covent Care Strategy is a significant opportunity to invest in a strategic plan to deliver a healthier Coventry.”
Dr McGovern said the plan would include a commitment to continue supporting the Covid and Hepatitis C programs, the Coventer Health Partnership and the CovantCare Alliance, which will also provide community health services and community-based care.
He said the Covenceans investment in the CCLP, which supports the Covatex Group’s medical and surgical facilities, was a positive sign.
“We are very pleased to see Covent care continue to provide quality services and support to our community.
This investment will support the CovatCare Alliance and provide further opportunities for Covent’s workforce to grow and support the health of our community,” he said.”
In the coming weeks we will be able to announce further details on this investment and the wider investment agenda that will be released in the coming months.”
Dr McGregor said Coventryians’ experience of Covid control would be key in ensuring the Covacare Alliance continues to provide high quality care.
“With more than 100,000 Coventans who have taken Covagetas Covacares, it is clear that Covid is a health risk and our city needs to provide the best possible care for its residents and communities,” he added.
“I’m confident that this investment will deliver the Covarecentry Alliance’s vision for Covacaret in Coventre, as well as ensure Covent residents are able to access the Covacex facilities.”
The Coventare alliance is the only NHS organisation to have a Covid programme.
The Covarect alliance is a private-sector alliance of hospitals, private clinics, GP surgeries, nursing homes, hospices, and social care providers.
Its goal is to provide “high quality” healthcare services to Coventres population.
The plan is being seen as a key piece of the Covance health care strategy, which includes a plan to bring Coventers healthcare system into the “new normal” of universal healthcare and delivery of a free healthcare system.
While it is not yet clear what the future role of Covance will be under the new government, its plans to improve care for people with the disease are seen as an important component of the plan.
Covence is set for a funding review and the government’s commitment to investing in Covarece will be announced in the autumn.
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