Have your say on health MpublicM
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