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Local NHS is asking Bedfordshire residents to get involved and share their views


NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) is asking residents to share their views on proposed changes to local healthcare policy.

Following the merging of the three former CCGs that make up BLMK, policies were reviewed to ensure equal access to healthcare services for all residents.

Of the policies reviewed, three had significant differences requiring public consultation:

  1. Fertility Services
  2. Gluten-Free Food Prescribing
  3. The Milton Keynes Pharmacy First minor ailment scheme

The consultation runs from 12 October 2021 to 21 December 2021 and all residents are invited to share their thoughts on the proposals.

In addition to an online survey, printed copies of the consultation documents will be available in local community settings. The CCG will also host meetings in public both online and in person.

Ensuring equal access to services for all BLMK residents, the CCG will move to a single policy for each service.

The consultation looks to make fertility services available to a broader group of residents whilst reviewing the number of IVF cycles available and providing equity in access to the Pharmacy First and gluten-free food prescribing services.

Dr Shankari Mahathmakanthi, clinical lead for the policy consultation, said:

“We’re giving our residents the opportunity to give us their views during this consultation. We want to hear from everyone, whether they have used the services or not, how healthcare budgets are spent is important to all of our residents.

“I would encourage everyone to make their views heard through the consultation, the BLMK CCG Governing body will then take these views into account when making a final decision in February 2022.”

A case for change document, questionnaire and supporting documents for the consultation, are available on the CCG website.

If you cannot access the documents online you can call 01525 624264 or email blmkccg.communications@nhs.net to request paper copies.

John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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