Have your say on NHS shake-up
8:51am Friday 18th January 2013 in News
A PUBLIC meeting has been organised so people can have their say on controversial plans to restructure health care across Greater Manchester.
The Healthier Together proposals have led to fears among unions that up to seven accident and emergency departments in the region, including Bolton’s A&E, could close, although bosses behind the scheme insist no decisions have been taken.
People will be able to learn more about the plans at the meeting between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday at the Albert Halls.
Dr Raj Patel, a GP and medical director at NHS Greater Manchester, which is leading the programme on behalf of the 12 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), including Bolton, said: “Heal- thier Together is in its early stages, and no decisions have been made about what the changes might involve. We have already started the conversation with NHS staff, pat- ients and the public and these events will give people another chance to hear firsthand about our vision for Greater Manchester to provide the best health and care in the country, and to tell us what they think best care looks like. We want to give as many people as possible the chance to shape the way that health services are offered to future generations, and we are committed to working alongside local people and staff to ensure the NHS in Greater Manchester can provide safe, high quality services.”
Meetings have taken place across Greater Manchester. Last month, more then 250 people took part in a rally in protest at the plans and job cuts at the Royal Bolton Hospital. To book a place visit healthier togethergm.nhs.uk email healthiertogeth firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 920 9684.
n See The Bolton News tomorrow when we take a look at the Healthier Together issues.
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