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New Bedford meeting seeks public’s views on local healthcare

15 April 2014


Bedfordshire GPs are inviting even more people to take part in a wide ranging review of the county’s healthcare by holding an additional public meeting in Bedford in May.

The meeting, which is being held from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Priory Methodist Church in Bedford on Thursday 8 May, is the latest in a series of public consultations being held across the county by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), which plans, organises and buys NHS-funded healthcare for Bedford Borough and central Bedfordshire.

The meeting will give the public and patients the opportunity to air their views on local healthcare and share their thoughts on how they’d like to see it develop over the coming years.

Bedford GP and BCCG Vice Chair Dr Peter Parry-Okeden, who will be presenting the meeting, said: “We need as much feedback from the people of Bedfordshire as possible, which is why we’re holding this latest public meeting. The population of the county will increase significantly over the next 15 to 20 years so we need to find out how healthcare can change and keep up with the growing demands that will be placed on it.

“By coming along to this meeting, everyone can make sure their own views are heard and help us to design the best possible healthcare system for their future needs.”

The government-funded review is being run by BCCG with the support of national organisations Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority. The review will focus on four key areas – urgent and emergency care, planned care such as operations, long-term conditions and children’s and maternity services – and its findings will be made available later this year.

You can find out more about the healthcare review at www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk.

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Contact

Jane Smith, Communications Officer, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, temporary email: jane@LE16.com, tel: 07800 523077

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