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Doctors ask for more time to consider future of Bedfordshire healthcare

16 May 2014


The review of healthcare across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes has been extended for a month to give clinical advisers more time to analyse and discuss the complex issues that the review has thrown up. The result will be a more comprehensive final report which will be published at the end of July.

 

Director of strategy at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) Diane Bell said: “This is a clinically-led review which will result in crucial decisions being taken about the future of healthcare in Bedfordshire. It’s vital that we get this right before consulting patients and the public in the autumn.”

 

Meanwhile, BCCG is continuing to talk to local people about the sort of health services they would like to see locally. So far, we have held 10 public meetings across Bedfordshire – including two in Bedford – and visited local community groups, supermarkets, libraries and other community venues.

 

Anyone who wants to find out more about how to get their voice heard can visit www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk; or ring BCCG on 01525 864406.

 

For further information contact Lucie Carrington, tel 07920 459662

 

Notes to editors

  • The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Health Review is looking at hospital, community and GP health services across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. It is being led by Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) with support from three national agencies, Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and NHS England  
  • The review will report back at the end of July with options for the future organisation of health service. Patients and the public will be consulted on these options in the autumn. 
  • NHS Bedfordshire CCG is responsible for buying hospital and community healthcare in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. NHS Milton Keynes CCG buys hospital and community care within Milton Keynes. NHS England Hertfordshire & South Midlands is responsible for buying some specialist health services in the area and holds the contracts for local GP surgeries.

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