Have your say on health Mpub­licM

Stockport Times West - - NEWS -

EM­BERS of the

will get the chance to have their say about the big­gest ever changes to health ser­vices in Greater Manch­ester at a Ques­tion Time-style de­bate in Stock­port.

A panel of ex­perts will be ques­tioned about the Health­ier To­gether pro­pos­als, which aim to im­prove health ser­vices in Greater Manch­ester. The me­dia de­bate will take place on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 25.

The event, hosted by the Stock­port Ex­press and MEN Me­dia, is from 7pm to 8.30pm at Lec­ture TheatreB in Stock­port Col­lege

Pan­el­lists, in­clud­ing doc­tors, will give their views and opin­ions about the pro­pos­als at the event chaired by David Ot­tewell, head of data jour­nal­ism at Trin­ity Mir­ror.

Con­firmed pan­el­lists in­clude Dr Colin Was­son, Health­ier To­gether clin­i­cal cham­pion and head of surgery and crit­i­cal care at Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal, Dr Ran­jit Gill, chief clin­i­cal of­fi­cer of NHS Stock­port Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), Ea­monn Boy­lan, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Stock­port Coun­cil, and Henry Tice­hurst, med­i­cal di­rec­tor at Pen­nine Care NHS Trust.

Health­ier To­gether aims to re­duce vari­a­tion in care across Greater Manch­ester so all pa­tients can ac­cess and re­ceive ex­cel­lent health care. Un­der the Health­ier To­gether pro­pos­als, one of Step­ping Hill or Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal will be­come a spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tal, and the other a ‘lo­cal gen­eral’ hos­pi­tal.

If Step­ping Hill is not granted spe­cial­ist sta­tus it will lose its emer­gency surgery fa­cil­i­ties, mean­ing that the sick­est or most bad­ly­in­jured pa­tients will have to be taken to Wythen­shawe.

Dr Gill said: “The Health­ier To­gether ‘Ques­tion Time’ event is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to lis­ten to and take part in an open dis­cus­sion about pro­pos­als to change health ser­vices in Greater Manch­ester.

“This de­bate is a great op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to come and find out the facts about the planned changes, pose ques­tions and lis­ten to the views of our panel of ex­perts. It is vi­tal that peo­ple have their say now about how they want hos­pi­tal, GP and com­mu­nity ser­vices to be pro­vided in the fu­ture.”

Dr Ran­jit Gill will be a pan­el­list at the event

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