Group puts health­care in the pic­ture

Mem­bers of the public given the chance to ex­press their views dur­ing meet­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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. get­

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