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Healthier Together

COMMITTEE CONSIDERS PLANS FOR THE REVIEW OF LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES

Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Luton Borough Council, Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council have established a Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee to review the NHS Healthier Together programme. The committee’s first public meeting took place in Bedford, on Monday 23rd April.

 

The Healthier Together programme is a review of health services across the South East Midlands.  The Healthier Together vision is to move as many tests, treatments and appointments in local settings reducing the need for people to travel to hospital   and to consider how best to combine expertise and improve patient outcomes by creating centres of excellence. 

 

People should find they can access a wider range of health services closer to home, however they may need to travel further for some more specialist or ‘one-off’ procedures. Clinicians and patient representatives are currently engaging with patients and the public to find out their views ahead of a public consultation later this year.

 

Over the coming months the Committee will scrutinise the Healthier Together programme’s public engagement plans and subsequent formal consultation and its proposals for health services.  The Committee’s recommendations will be considered by the NHS when final decisions are made.

 

Cllr John Mingay, Chair of the Committee, said: “The committee is looking into the proposals included within the Healthier Together programme and will make sure they provide the best future for us all.  This is a really important process to ensure that the NHS proposals are challenged to ensure they address the concerns of our residents.  We encourage residents throughout the region to engage with this programme and to let us and the NHS know what they think about the proposed changes.”

 

Future committee meetings will be held at the other Councils on a rota basis, with the next one taking place at Central Bedfordshire Council, in Shefford, on 12 July 2012.

 

All meetings will be held in public, and the committees papers can be found via the Council website at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

 

More information about Healthier Together can be found at http://healthiertogether.northamptonshire.nhs.uk/

 

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