Council pledges to continue good work with mental health

15 August 2019
Thurrock Council and local NHS partners have been recognised for promoting positive mental health by joining Public Health England's (PHE) Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
On Friday 9 August, the council's Health and Wellbeing Board united with other local councils, organisations and schools in signing a public declaration designed to help communities support good mental health and wellbeing.

Minister decision paves the way for modern local healthcare facilities

1 August 2019
Thurrock Council has welcomed a ruling from a government Health Independent Reconfiguration Panel that supports plans to replace Orsett Hospital with 4 modern community health facilities.
Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, has written to the council to say that, on the advice of the panel, he has rejected objections to the scheme to close Orsett Hospital and provide the services it offers at 4 new integrated medical centres in Thurrock.

Call for complete re-think on CCG merger proposals

10 July 2019
Thurrock Council has criticised NHS England's "dreadful" proposals to merge the 5 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south and mid-Essex.
Initial discussions have been held with the various CCG boards, including Thurrock CCG, about a potential switch to create a single executive structure, with a view to then forming a single CCG in the near future.
Thurrock Council fears the loss of local accountability and strong existing partnerships, together with the varying needs and combined size of the 5 affected areas, mean the proposals are flawed.

Housing improvements could help elderly live healthily and independently for longer

17 January 2019
Thurrock Council has outlined ambitious proposals to help older people remain healthy and independent for longer by improving the suitability of housing in the borough.
This year's Annual Report of the Director of Public Health, which was presented to the council's Cabinet last night (Wednesday 16 January), suggests various ways the authority could look to improve the housing available so it better meets the needs of the borough's ageing population.