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Thanet November meeting in public to discuss health strategy

User AvatarPosted by at 31/10/2013 16:13:54

The governing body of NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will discuss overall health strategy for Thanet at its next meeting in public.

Taking place on Tuesday 5 November from 1pm to 4pm, the meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of Thanet District Council’s Cecil Street offices, Margate, CT9 1XZ.

The CCG plans and pays for (commissions) most local healthcare, and has a budget of £190 million for this year.  

NHS Thanet CCG clinical chairman, Dr Tony Martin, said: “Everyone who attended the recent CCG listening events will appreciate the huge challenges that the NHS is facing. To adapt for the future and ensure we can meet people’s needs, we need to find ways of delivering more care for less money.

“Our next meeting in public will consider the demands and complexities of modern healthcare, and how to bring about transformational change.”

Dr Martin added: “Our meetings in public always enable us to directly talk with Thanet’s residents, ensuring that local people feel engaged, informed and empowered. The November meeting will be of particular interest to local people, whose ideas, feedback and suggestions we welcome and encourage.”

The agenda and papers for the November meeting are available on the CCG website. 

Questions may be submitted at the beginning of the meeting, with a view to them being addressed throughout the session. The governing body also welcomes written questions about items on the agenda. These will be answered by governing body members during a Q&A session from 4.45pm to 5pm.

For more information about the meeting in public, email thanet.ccg@nhs.net or call 03000 424615.

Written questions should be submitted to thn@thanetccg.info or by completing an online form.

Alternatively, questions can be posted to NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group, Thanet District Council, Cecil Street, Margate Kent, CT9 1XZ.

People who would like to shape CCG decisions can get involved via their GP practice or the CCG’s Health Network.

Most practices have patient participation groups, where people can find out what is happening within the practice and the CCG. The groups are also a channel for patients’ voices through to the CCG. Information about the Health Network is available via the website www.thanetccg.nhs.uk/health-network/join-us.

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