County council holds its first health and wellbeing meeting

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A FIVE-YEAR plan has been agreed by a new committee designed to provide the best healthcare for Hampshire.

The first meeting of the county’s new Health and Wellbeing Board, which sets out how the NHS, social care, and public health services will work together to tackle problems, was held this week.

Local priorities have been established, which include tackling obesity, falls and isolation among older people, child poverty, alcoholism and drug dependency, and early deaths from avoidable ill health.

The chairman of the board is Councillor Keith Mans, the county council’s deputy leader and member for children’s services.

He said: ‘It’s the board’s job to make sure resources are being invested in the best way possible and where they are needed. That means we’ve got some major challenges ahead.

‘Some of these issues we will be addressing are those that cannot be tackled by one organisation alone, but need better co-ordination and more joined-up use of resources.’