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Calling all those interested in joining a stakeholder forum on healthcare services in Bedfordshire

11 February 2014

GPs from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) are calling on Bedfordshire residents to help shape the future of healthcare services in the county by joining a new stakeholder forum.

The forum will bring together patients, carers, clinicians and anyone with an interest in improving health services in the county.  It will work as part of the review of healthcare that BCCG announced in December and will be organised to reflect the four different areas of healthcare that the review is focusing on.  These are urgent and emergency care, planned care such as operations, long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes and children’s and maternity services.

It will build on work BCCG has done already to involve local people in redesigning and developing local healthcare such as the recent work undertaken to look at paediatric services in Bedfordshire.

The first meeting of the forum will be in Bedford at the end of February.  To join - or find out more -register on the BCCG website: http://www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk/stakeholder-forum.

Dr Peter Parry Okeden of Bedfordshire CCG said: “Keeping patients, clinicians and the people of Bedfordshire informed and involved throughout the process will be central to the success of this review.  We want to use their ideas and input to help shape future models of healthcare so that the decisions we take as clinical commissioners reflect what local people have told us is important to them.”

Diana Blackmun of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire said: “I would encourage anyone who cares about health services and the way in which they are delivered and developed to get involved and join the stakeholder forum so that they have the opportunity to shape services.”


Notes to editors

  • Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is a GP-led body that is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital services, community health services and mental health services. We have a budget of £430m.
  • BCCG is conducting the review jointly with Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, with the support of national bodies Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority. 
  • Press enquiries to:  Angela Swann. T: 07584 234237 E: angela.swann@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

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