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Ludlow urged to have their say on NHS
6:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
PEOPLE living in Ludlow and south Shropshire are being urged to take part in a major review of NHS services in the area.
The largest discussion on the future of the NHS in its 65- year history is ar riving in Shropshire.
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging local people to take part and have their say.
The Call to Action initiative is looking at all aspects of the NHS, including mental health services, GP services, hospitals including community hospitals, dental and pharmacies.
Local residents will have the chance to say what is working well and not so well in their local NHS.
In particular the CCG is keen to find out what people consider to be the most important health care issues, the options for change and the main difficulties and opportunities in the next five years.
“Nationally the NHS is facing significant challenges with growing demand for services and a rising ageing population,”
said Dr Caron Morton, the accountable officer for the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
“Across England Call to Action has been launched, with all CCGs engaging with their communities to understand the local needs and priorities.
“Over the coming weeks we want to have an honest conversation with patients, clinicians and the public to listen to their expectations and needs of their NHS.
“We hope to be able to use these comments to shape and redesign future services, so that we are better prepared to meet these national and local challenges. However, we hope this conversation will also identify new opportunities to improve local services.”
During October the CCG is meeting with a range of community, voluntary and public g roups to understand what matters most to people in Shropshire and road shows are also planned.
There is also the chance for people to have their say in an online survey, which closes on November 4 2013 at shropshireccg.
nhs.uk or telfordccg.nhs.uk All of this feedback will then be used to inform a large joint conference on November 25 in Telford.
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