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People in Lancashire asked to give views on how NHS spends money

People living on the Fylde Coast are invited to give their views on how NHS money should be spent across the region at a series of events this week. 

Eight of Lancashire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups are working in partnership to develop a consistent approach to health commissioning across the county. The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre , NHS Lancashire North, NHS East Lancashire, NHS Blackburn with Darwen, NHS West Lancashire, NHS Chorley and South Ribble and NHS Greater Preston.

In order to ensure polices are consistent and offer a fair approach across the county, a working group consisting of representatives from each of the CCGs, along with Public Health consultants and other health representatives has agreed to review and wherever possible develop joint polices across Lancashire. 

Members of the public are invited to attend one of three public forums on Thursday to learn more about the proposals and give their views on them. The forums will take place at: 

  • 10am to noon, Solaris Centre, New South Promenade, Blackpool, FY4 1RW 
  • 2pm to 4pm, Thornton Little Theatre, Fleetwood Road, Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 3SZ 
  • 6pm to 8pm, The Eco Pod, Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields, Park View Road, Lytham, FY8 4JE 

All comments received at the forums will be fed back to the CCGs and the working group as part of the development process. The CCGs do not intend to completely change the current policies, but update them to reflect changes to national guidance. 

Dr Amanda Doyle, a local GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “CCGs are responsible for buying a wide range of health services, including hospital, GP, community and mental health services for residents. 

“This needs to be done in an open, fair and transparent manner but we must also make sure we offer the most clinically appropriate treatments while getting value for money.” 

For the majority of patients this will mean little or no change to the services they can access. 

Further opportunities for public involvement and feedback, including surveys and additional public forums or focus groups on individual clinical policies will be made available as they are developed and available for discussion. 

More information about this work can be found at www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/yourvoice/policy-harmonisation.