Join the big debate on healthcare in Northants

Dr Darin Seiger wants to hear your views on local healthcare
Dr Darin Seiger wants to hear your views on local healthcare
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People are being urged to make an appointment and have their say on healthcare in the county.

NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the clinically-led organisation responsible for commissioning the majority of health services on behalf of local people, wants to hear what your priorities for the local NHS are.

So NHS Nene CCG and Healthwatch Northamptonshire are holding a public event on Wednesday, October 9, to hear people’s views, which will also include an update on current activities and outline future commissioning plans.

The health chiefs are also keen to know how people feel the group can best meet the challenges facing the local health system both now and in the future.

Dr Darin Seiger, chairman of NHS Nene CCG, said: “We know the NHS is facing significant national and local pressures, including a growing ageing population, more people living longer with long-term conditions and an increased demand on services.

“We are developing our future plans against this backdrop and we want to consider forward thinking and innovative solutions to meet these extra demands and to improve outcomes for patients. We are fully committed to engaging with our local communities and this event is just one of a series of opportunities we are planning.”

Healthwatch Northamptonshire is the new consumer champion for local people in relation to health and social care services.

At the meeting, the organisation will share feedback from its community engagement programme taking place during September, during which they have been asking people about their priorities for health and social care.

Rosie Newbigging, chief executive of Healthwatch Northamptonshire, said: “Both Nene CCG and Healthwatch have a shared goal to improve the health and well-being of people living in Northamptonshire.

“We are both committed to ensuring patients, services users, carers and the wider public influence the quality of health services in the county. We look forward to sharing with the public the results of our community engagement programme, which is currently taking place.”

The event at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton from 6pm to 8pm is free and includes light refreshments.

To register complete the form online or call 01604 651744 by October 2.