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Bedfordshire GPs to hold public meetings for health review

12 March 2014

Bedfordshire GPs are set to hold a series of public meetings at which they’ll be calling on patients and the public to take part in a wide-ranging review of healthcare in the county. They want to involve the community in redesigning and developing local healthcare.

Explaining the reason for the review, Dr Peter Parry-Okeden, Bedford GP and Vice-chair at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “One in five people in Bedfordshire have long-term conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or dementia and numbers are growing. The county will become home to an extra 71,000 people between now and 2031, with the proportion of ‘over-65s’ increasing dramatically. Healthcare has to keep pace. We need input from across the community to help us decide how we deliver better health outcomes and higher quality care in the future.”

Encouraging local people to participate, Diana Blackmun of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire said: “This is a really important opportunity for everyone to have their say on how our health services are designed and developed. Attending your local public meeting and having your say is a very good way to contribute to the review and ensure your views are heard.”

The public meetings are on weekday evenings, 7pm to 9pm unless otherwise specified, at:

  • Leighton Buzzard – Tuesday 25 March - 1st Leighton Buzzard Scout Hall, Memorial Hall, Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4SW
  • Bedford - Tuesday 1 April- Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ
  • Shefford – Wednesday 2 April – Shefford Town Memorial Hall, Hitchin Road, Shefford
    SG17 5JA
  • Flitwick - Thursday 3 April - The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick MK45 1AH
  • Biggleswade – Wednesday 16 April – Stratton Upper School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade SG18 8JB
  • Dunstable - Wednesday 30th April - Matthew House, Matthew Street, Dunstable LU6 1SD (6.30pm to 8.30pm).

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is running the government-funded review with the support of national organisations Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority. It is organised into four key focus areas: urgent and emergency care, planned care such as operations, long-term conditions and children’s and maternity services. Further details are at: www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk.

Notes to editors

  • Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) plans, organises and buys NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire with a budget of £430m. It is run by Bedfordshire GPs.

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