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Public survey launched on proposed change to how healthcare is organised in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

People living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being asked to give their views on a proposal that would see a major change in the way healthcare is organised in the region.

At present there are three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) serving Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Each CCG is made up of clinicians, GP Member Practices and NHS managers.

They work together to buy health services for their local communities. This allows doctors, nurses and other health professionals to be involved in deciding what services are most needed.

A proposal is now being considered to bring together all three CCGs to form one organisation by April 2021. This would be called ‘NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group‘.

The Groups say that the proposal is a natural development of their close working relationship which has been operating since 2018. The Groups added that this collaboration has provided access to increased national funding which has led to the introduction of new and improved services across the region.

Dr Nicola Smith, clinical chair for BLMK CCGs, said:

“It is important that local residents have the opportunity to understand the proposals and provide their feedback on how their health services are commissioned. 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.”

The survey is accompanied by a Public Engagement document has been published. Both can be accessed by clicking here. The survey is open until 13 September 2020.