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Chance to quiz doctors holding NHS purse-strings
PATIENTS will have the chance to come face-to-face with the doctors who will soon be running the NHS at the first public meeting of its kind in Worcestershire.
NHS budgets in Worcestershire will be controlled from April by three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – south Worcestershire, Redditch and Bromsgrove, and Wyre Forest.
The first board meeting to be held in public takes place on Tuesday from 9am to 12.30pm at the Corn Exchange on the ground floor of Kidderminster Town Hall in Vicar Street. Wyre Forest CCG is set to take over responsibility for planning and buying most of the health services as part of the Government’s NHS reforms.
The CCG, set up in shadow form early last year, is already working with NHS Worcestershire, negotiating and managing the main local healthcare contracts.
People will have the opportunity to ask the board questions, with 20 minutes set aside for questions from the floor at the end of the meeting. Topics on the agenda include the Quality and Patient Safety Report and patient and public Involvement. There will also be an update on the virtual ward system that allows patients who are most at risk of admission to hospital to be identified and given a high level of care tailored to their specific needs, in their own home.
Dr Simon Gates, chairman and clinical leader of Wyre Forest CCG, said: “It is really important the public are able to see how we make decisions on their behalf on health issues and that our local community are able to express their views. “These meetings are one of many opportunities to do this.”
The agenda and papers will be available before the meeting on the CCG website at wyreforest ccg.nhs.uk. After the January meeting, the next board meeting of Wyre Forest CCG will take place on Tuesday, February 5, from 9am to 12.30pm at Wyre Forest District Council’s offices in Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster.