Group puts healthcare in the picture
Members of the public given the chance to express their views during meeting
PEOPLE will be able to have their say about their healthcare priorities at a public meeting.
The Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body will be holding a meeting today (Thursday) at the Chiltern District Council offices in King George V Road, Amersham.
The meeting includes the chance for people to ask questions to members of the group at the start of the event about the work that the group does and what it focuses on.
People will also be invited to put forward their priorities about healthcare in the county and to ask what the group intends to target in the years to come and how it will do that.
Deborah Sanders of campaign group Healthwatch Bucks has outlined some of the priorities which she believes should be in place in the county.
She said: “For the vast majority of local people, the NHS provides a really good service.
“The people who don’t get a good service are elderly people who don’t have a voice.
“Hospital is not the best place for elderly people with a range of chronic medical conditions. Too many elderly people get taken to hospital and end up staying far too long because the infrastructure is not available to support them, either in their homes or in care homes.
“There is a need for local community beds where elderly people can go after a hospital visit but before they return home.”
The meeting will include a discussion on the performance of local health services and an update on the Primary Care Strategy being developed for Buckinghamshire.
Dr Annet Gamell, chief clinical officer at the Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We want the public to attend the meeting to tell us their views about local health services. Our priority is to use these opinions and ideas to help us make the best decisions about the type of local services we should buy on their behalf.”
For an update on discussions from the meeting, see next week’s edition and go to www. getbucks.co.uk.