Have your say on how local NHS funds should be spent

Have your say on how local NHS funds should be spent

The NHS is facing a huge financial challenge and growing demand for services.  In east and north Hertfordshire, the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for making sure that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely, so that our 597,000 residents can have access to high-quality health services which help them to stay as healthy as possible 

The local NHS budget must pay for most of the area’s care, everything from medicines and minor treatments to complex surgical procedures and support for long term conditions.  The local budget must also fund all the appointments people have with nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians, including midwives, mental health specialists and physiotherapists

In 2017/18, the CCG’s budget will be £722 million, which works out at around £1,209 a year for each person who lives in our area. 

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, a local GP and Chair of the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: 

“The NHS is under growing pressure to pay for expensive new drugs and treatments, the number of people who need health services is increasing and many people are living longer. With a limited budget we need to make sure that we are making the best use of the money available so that we can help more people to live healthier lives.

“Some patients need essential care and treatment day and night, which costs an average of £940 a week but can cost as much as £9,800 a week.  As much as we would like to, we cannot afford to pay for everything.  Some difficult choices have to be made about what the CCG can or cannot afford to spend.

“We want to hear your opinions on how difficult decisions should be made and listen to your suggestions about ways in which we can make savings.”

Please take part by completing the survey at the following link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/local-NHS-spending-survey Your response (but not your name) will be shared with our Governing Body and made available for others to see on our website.  When the survey closes, we will use the responses to help develop the guidelines our Governing Body follow when they are deciding which services or treatments the local NHS should pay for in future.

If you need any help or have any questions, or want to receive the survey in a different format or language, please call 01707 685144 or email engagement@enhertsccg.nhs.uk.

The survey will remain open until 20 March 2017.   

Geoff Brown, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Hertfordshire said:

“Putting patients at the centre of any decisions about their health care is the best way to ensure that people can get the services they want and deserve. This is a great opportunity for people to let those that can make a difference know what they think. We all know that right now the NHS is under a lot of pressure, and that is why it is more important than ever for us all to become involved in the decision making process.”

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Note to Editors

1.    Led by local GPs, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group plans, designs and buys health services for 597,000 people in Hertfordshire, and monitors the quality and effectiveness of those services. 
2.    The NHS and local authorities across Hertfordshire and west Essex are working together to improve the health of residents and ensure that the funding of front-line services is prioritised.  You can find out more about this by visiting this web address: www.healthierfuture.org.uk.