Chance to listen in as hospital services come under scrutiny

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Changes to health services in Bucks will come under the microscope at a Bucks County Council meeting next week, and members of the public are being urged to tune in to watch the discussions.

The health and adult social care select committee will be sitting down with NHS officials on Friday, July 12, to review the progress made by the Better Healthcare In Bucks programme which led to a restructuring of hospital services last year.

This included the centralisation of A&E services and acute medicine at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Recent A&E performance has been a concern and will be one of the areas discussed at next Friday’s meeting.

The meeting is being held in public, from 10am at County Hall in Aylesbury.

Residents can attend or watch live over the internet.

Select committee chairman Lin Hazell said: “We really would urge people who are interested in the NHS to try to watch this meeting so they can come to informed conclusions based on the discussions. Our committee, which is made up of democratically-elected councillors, will be approaching this with an open mind. We will listen to health officials, ask questions where appropriate and agree any action required.”

However, she stressed: “Whatever we decide after this meeting, I can reassure the public that this is not the end of our involvement as we will continue to monitor local NHS services, and our next meeting in September will look at recent concerns over the quality of local hospital services. Next week’s meeting is just part of an ongoing process.”

To watch the meeting, log in to www.buckscc.public-i.tv/core