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Clinical commissioners join forces with Sight Concern

28 May 2014


Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has joined forces with Sight Concern Bedfordshire (SCB) to involve people with visual impairment in the Bedfordshire/Milton Keynes review of healthcare across the county.


Together they have produced an audio version of the Healthcare Review ‘Case for Change’ summary. This explains why local healthcare needs to change and the challenges and opportunities we face, now and in the future. The summary also invites Bedfordshire residents and patients to air their views on healthcare as part of the countywide healthcare review.


You can listen to the 19-minute audio version or download an mp3 through BCCG’s dedicated healthcare review website, www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk/a_case_for_change. A CD version has also been mailed out to SCB’s 500 audio subscribers.


BCCG’s chief clinical officer Paul Hassan said: “The Healthcare Review is set to make a real difference to the way health services are delivered in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, so it’s crucial that we reach as many people as possible. The audio recording will give residents with sight impairments all the information they need to join in the debate and help us decide the future of local healthcare.”


Copies of the CD are available from BCCG. Email: enquiries@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk or call: 01525 864406.


For further information contact Lucie Carrington, tel 07920 459662

Notes to editors

  • The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare 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 picture/s attached to this release show a visually impaired woman in Bedford listening to ‘A Case for Change’ on a CD player. The photographs are copyrighted to BCCG and can only be used with this release.
  • 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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