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Bedfordshire CCG signs up to full review of local health services that will include children’s health

07 November 2013


Bedfordshire CCG has signed up to a full review of health services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Over the next six months we will work with Milton Keynes CCG and three national agencies (Monitor, Trust Development Authority (TDA) and NHS England) to review acute and community health services in both CCG areas.

The review will look at what services are currently available, what people living in Bedfordshire need and want from their healthcare and how GP commissioners can meet those needs. It will begin in December and run through to May next year when a final report will make recommendations for the future make up of local health services.

Further information about the review can be found in a joint press statement issued by Monitor.

As a result of this review, BCCG has also agreed to pause the formal consultation process for paediatric services in Bedfordshire. However, we will continue talking to families, carers and clinicians about the right local models for children’s healthcare and feed this into the wider review of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes health economies.

BCCG will also continue to review the temporary arrangements with Bedford Hospital and work with clinicians and families to explore ways of returning some of these services safely to Bedford.

Writing to GPs in Bedfordshire, BCCG clinical lead Dr Paul Hassan said:  “Our focus remains on providing high quality, safe services close to home but I believe this process also gives us an opportunity to end years of speculation and secure a future for Bedford Hospital.”

For further information contact Lucie Carrington, tel: 07920 459662

 

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