COMMITTEE CONSIDERS PLANS FOR THE REVIEW OF LOCAL HEALTH
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
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
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/