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Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group begins formal consultation on prioritising funds for local NHS services

03 May 2016

*Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is inviting local people to give their views on the future provision of three locally funded services, by taking part in a public consultation which runs from 3 May to 24 July 2016.

The formal consultation asks local people to give their views on whether gluten-free food, over-the counter medicines and specialist fertility services should continue to be funded locally by the NHS, given the need to balance funding for these three services with all the other treatments and healthcare which could be provided by the NHS in Bedfordshire.

BCCG Clinical Chair Dr Alvin Low said “After a successful pre-engagement exercise where we met with a number of local groups and received over 300 individual responses, we are now moving into the formal consultation phase.

We are keen to build on these conversations and give patients and the public the opportunity to give their views more formally about the way in which funding for healthcare is prioritised to best meet the needs of the local population”.

The consultation will run from Tuesday 3 May 2016 until Sunday 24 July and the CCG will use the time to ensure that there is wide consultation which will include the publication of consultation documents and a survey, both of which will be available online.

Further information and a link to the online survey can be found via the CCG website at: www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

If anyone would like to receive a paper copy of the consultation document and the survey, please contact BCCG on: 01525 864405 or email: enquiries@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

For more information contact communications@bedfordshirecg.nhs.uk or Katrina Grant 01525 864406/ 01525 864430 or 07813 969786
Notes to editors
• Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
• BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

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