Angela Rayner MP has today welcomed Tameside health chief's ambition to become the provider of Britain's first fully-integrated health and social care service.
Tameside and Glossop NHS Foundation Trust want to become the first in the country to provide both hospital and social care services.
It means Tameside will have five new local community care teams, a new Urgent Integrated Service, and Tameside General Hospital having an elective surgical care centre, A&E and vital maternity services.
Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said: "I welcome the move to Tameside having a properly, integrated health and social care service. It is much better for people to be treated at home and in their local community than in hospital.
"But, the Tameside and Glossop NHS Foundation Trust needs to have the right level of funding to make this ambition a reality.
"And it also needs to work very differently, in a strong partnership with Tameside Council and others, to ensure that community health and social services are delivered on time, on budget and are of the right quality for local people.
"It is so far, so good, but I will be working alongside my fellow local MPs to ensure that patients get the services and the support they need in their local community.
"Their is also work to be done by the Trust in making our local health service much more accountable and transparent and for patients to be taken along every step of the way with such major changes. I shall be looking forward to hearing how the Trust plans to do this."
Angela added:" I also want to see a massive increase in mental health service provision within local communities and look forward to hearing plans for the expansion of therapies and other services which are crucial to good mental health, but have too often taken second place to physical health."