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Patients speak up on hospital models

25 July 2014


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Health commissioners have told local patients and clinicians that they will only take forward options for changes to local health services that can deliver improvements for patients.

More than 85 local patient representatives, carers and clinicians met in Bedford this week at the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) Stakeholder Forum for a progress report on the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review.

They looked in detail at five theoretical models for hospital care currently being analysed. The models range from an urgent care centre, run largely by GPs, to a specialist centre offering, for example, intensive care. Each model offers emergency care, outpatient care and diagnostics at both Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.

Dunstable GP and chief clinical officer for BCCG Dr Paul Hassan told the Forum that no decisions had been taken about the future of healthcare in Bedfordshire.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “We have listened to our Stakeholder Forum and have more work to do. This will involve further analysis of these models. We will also look at other models including those that enable more hospital services to be delivered in the community. We will only take forward options that we believe will meet the particular needs of local people.

“Throughout the review we have been open and honest, sharing our working with the public, our patients and clinicians. We will continue to do this to ensure we reach the right solutions together.”

Bedfordshire residents can find out more about the hospital models currently under scrutiny at BCCGs dedicated review website www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk


The Healthcare Review is looking at ways of reorganising hospital, community and GP health services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. It was set up at the beginning of the year to develop possible solutions to the clinical and financial challenges facing the NHS in Bedfordshire. Health services across the county face a mounting deficit which will reach £25m by 2018 using current provision. Meanwhile, the growing and ageing population will result in 30% more people aged 66 and over by 2021

A progress report will be published next month (August) and discussed with patients and clinicians before being submitted to the BCCG Governing Body. It will form the basis for a formal consultation which will begin later this year.

For further information contact Lucie Carrington, lucie.carrington@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk, tel. 07920 459662; or Jane Smith, jane@le16.com, tel. 07800 523077

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
  • A report highlighting the challenges facing health services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes – A Case for Change – was published on 9 April and is available on the home page at www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk
  • 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.
  • Picture shows BCCG's Dr Paul Hassan, Dr Diane Bell (BCCG Director of Strategy and System Redesign) and Jane Meggitt (BCCG Director of Communications and Engagement) answering questions from the floor at the Stakeholder Forum.

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