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25 July 2014
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.
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