Swale GPs invite public to have greater say in healthcare
NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group holds its first public meeting at 1pm on Friday, 26 April 2013 at the UK Paper Leisure Club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne.
The clinical commissioning group, which is a GP-led organisation, is responsible for commissioning hospital, community and mental health services for the 105,000 people resident in the Swale area.
This is the first opportunity for people to meet the group's Governing Body. Dr Fiona Armstrong, Chairman of NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We have spent the past year preparing to take over responsibility from the now disbanded primary care trust and have a clear idea of what needs to be done in terms of improving health services.
"It makes sense to put GPs in charge because we have our collective finger on the pulse of the community. However, GPs don't have all the answers so partnership working is important and anyone interested in healthcare is welcome to attend."
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Following discussions over the past year with various stakeholders, the CCG has already identified a number of priorities including delivering a wider range of health services closer to home, tackling health inequalities and providing better outcomes for people with long-term conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
The papers for this and future meetings will be available on the CCG's website www.swaleccg.nhs.uk. People who would like to help shape the CCG vision and priorities can get involved via their GP practice or the CCG's virtual Health Network at the same website address.
A number of practices have patient participation groups, where people can find out what is happening within the practice and the CCG. The groups are also a channel for patients' voices through to the CCG.
For more details, ring 03000 425 100.