Question time for NHS

OVER the last year NHS South West Essex has had to take some difficult decisions to get its finances back on track – now they want to hear from local people about ideas they are considering to ensure they can deliver high quality patient care for patients in the future.

NHS South West Essex has already held three meetings in February and now it has added an evening event, on Tuesday 1 March 2011, to its schedule of public meetings to discuss what has happened to date and to ask your views about some of the ideas they are considering for the future.

In the coming year the PCT will receive around £650m to spend on healthcare for local people but there are many competing demands on how this money will be spent. The Government has committed not to cut health services, but even if there are no health cuts every year it costs more to provide local health services. That is because our population is growing and people are living longer with more complex (and expensive) health needs than ever before.

Deputy chief executive Barbara Stuttle CBE says: “We are working hard to make savings and every penny of those savings will be reinvested on the front line for the benefit of patients. It is important to us to have the views of the people we serve about the changes we are thinking of making so I urge people to come along and have their say.”

Members of the public are welcome to attend the open meeting on Tuesday 1 March 2011 at 6pm at NHS South West Essex headquarters, Christopher Martin Road, Basildon. To confirm your attendance call the Patient Experience Team on 01268 243449 or email partnersinhealth@swessex.nhs.uk

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