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16 January 2015
At a meeting of its Governing Body on 7 January, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group agreed the way forward for the development of healthcare in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, following on from the recommendations contained in the progress report from the Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes Healthcare Review.
Proposals have been developed to take forward a programme of activity, tailored to the differing health systems in the north and south of the county, under the banner of ‘Your Health in Bedfordshire’ and in line with the progress report’s recommendations.
John Rooke, Chief Operating Officer for BCCG, said: "We have set up an intensive 12 week work programme working jointly with Bedford Hospital and Bedford GPs in the north (the North Bedfordshire Acute and Community Programme) and we are undertaking a similar initiative in the south working with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Better Care Funds developed with Bedford and Central Bedfordshire Councils will form part of this work."
Some of the key areas of activity we will be focusing on are as follows.
From January 2015, we aim to finalise and start implementing the next steps of the review in North Bedfordshire, with Bedford Hospital, and confirm the approach with Milton Keynes CCG and review partners. From May 2015 (after the General Election), we aim to finalise and undertake formal consultation (where required), and implement plans for improved services in primary, community and hospital care (vertical integration) and networked provision of some hyper-acute specialist services.