Bedfordshire GPs are hold a series of public meetings over the next month – starting this evening in Leighton Buzzard.
It takes place at 1st Leighton Buzzard Scout Hall, Memorial Hall, Grovebury Road, between 7pm and 9pm and patients and the public will be invited to take part in a wide-ranging review of healthcare in the county.
Explaining the reason for the review, Dr Peter Parry-Okeden, vice-chairman at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “One in five people in Bedfordshire have long-term conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or dementia and numbers are growing.
“The county will become home to an extra 71,000 people between now and 2031, with the proportion of ‘over-65s’ increasing dramatically.
“Healthcare has to keep pace. We need input from across the community to help us decide how we deliver better health outcomes and higher quality care in the future.”
Encouraging locals to participate, Diana Blackmun of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire said: “This is a really important opportunity for everyone to have their say on how our health services are designed and developed.
“Attending your local public meeting and having your say is a very good way to contribute to the review and ensure your views are heard.”
If you can’t make tonight’s meeting there are further dates in Bedford (April 1), Shefford (April 2), Flitwick (April 3), Biggleswade (April 16) and Dunstable (April 30).
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is running the government-funded review with the support of national organisations Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority. It is organised into four key focus areas: urgent and emergency care, planned care such as operations, long-term conditions and children’s and maternity services.
Further details are at: www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk.
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