Ahead of proposed hospital merger, Bedfordshire CCG announces the date of its AGM

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Bedford Hospital entrance

Members of the public are being encouraged to attend the NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 19 September.

This the first AGM since funding for the proposed merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital was approved by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Read: Funding approved for Bedford and L&D hospitals merger

The AGM will take place at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick from 2.30 – 3.30pm and all local GPs, other healthcare professionals, CCG staff, stakeholders and the public are welcome to attend.

Heather Moulder, Chair of BCCG, said: “The Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19 will be presented at the AGM and our performance for the year reviewed.

“There will also be presentations from members of our senior team. On behalf of the CCG I would like to extend a warm invitation to all who have an interest in local health services.”

Bedford Hospital campaigner, Jenny Feneley, urged members of the public to attend, saying, “We all know about the merger that has been announced between Bedford Hospital Trust and the L&D. We also know that the hospital has said that this is the best way to protect vital services such as maternity and A&E.

“Even if you believe this will be the case long-term, services will inevitably be merged and moved.

“We need to ensure that the public is actively involved in these potentially significant changes, and what will transfer arrangements be?

“All changes will have an impact, we need to ensure that they are made for the right reasons and all factors are considered, especially impact on patients.

“Be there, be involved, you fund this, this is your service. It is not kindly provided for free as many would have you believe!’

Anyone planning to attend the AGM should contact the Communications and Engagement Team to confirm their attendance by calling 01525 624440 or email bedsccg.communications@nhs.net