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06 September 2017
Residents in Bedfordshire are being asked to give their views on plans for health care, after Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group released its plans for the year ahead.
Covering primary care, mental health, children’s services, maternity and out of hospital care, the plans from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group , the local health body responsible for planning and buying health services, come as the local health body plans to refresh its contracts for the year ahead.
Dr Alvin Low, Clinical Chair of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said, “Last year, we asked patients what they wanted from health care in the area and we used their feedback to shape our services. This year, as we enter the second year of our contracts, we want to make sure that we’re still meeting the needs of our patients and so we’re taking the opportunity to ask people for their views again.”
In the last year, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has taken steps to improve its services, including reviewing its approach to mental health and building resilience in primary care to reduce pressure on hospitals.
But Dr Alvin Low says there’s more to do: “We are absolutely committed to providing more services in the community – closer to home, so that we can make a difference to the recovery times and experience of our patients. It also means that we can reduce pressure – especially as we get closer to winter, but before we implement our plans – it’s important to listen to our patients and make sure we’re on the right track”.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a questionnaire to get patient feedback and is currently meeting with different groups in the area to get feedback. The information will be built into the refreshed contracts that will be agreed in December.
If you would like to provide feedback to Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/commissioningintentions It is open until 14 September 2017.