Greater Manchester is the only region in England that has joint control with the National Health Service of its health and social care spending. This devolved power has enabled some interesting experiments in “social prescribing”, where doctors dispense community activities rather than drugs for certain patients with mental health problems.

Darren Dodd talks to Andy Bounds, FT Northern England Correspondent, about the difference the scheme is making and the lessons to be learnt for the rest of the country

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