Proposals put forward to make ‘major change’ to local healthcare

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Proposals have been put forward that would see a “major change” in the way healthcare is organised in the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and the public are being asked to give their views.

There are currently three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) serving Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) and there are proposals to merge them into one.

This would be called NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group.

At present each CCG, made up of clinicians, GP Member Practices and NHS managers, works together to buy health services for their local communities.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals are all involved in deciding what services are most needed.

Health bosses believe the proposal will be a “natural development of the close working relationship that has been operating between the three CCGs since 2018”.

A survey has now been launched to see if the public agrees and give their views on the porposals.

You can read more and access the ‘One BLMK CCG’ survey here.

“It is important that local residents have the opportunity to understand the proposals and provide their feedback on how their health services are commissioned,” said Dr Nicola Smith, Clinical Chair for BLMK CCGs.

“If our proposals are accepted we will ensure that the CCG remains locally focused and clinically led, maintaining the key decision making and advisory role of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals that will ensure that patient outcomes are at the centre of all we do.

“Becoming one organisation brings great opportunity to deliver services in innovative ways and economies of scale that will enable us to reinvest in front line services, where patients see a real difference,” she said.

The survey is open until 13 September 2020.

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