Help NHS chief decide where cash should go

The Solaris centre
The Solaris centre

How should NHS money be spent across the region – that’s the question being posed by health authorities this week.

People living on the Fylde Coast are invited to give their views on how the service’s money should be spent at a series of events.

Dr Amanda Doyle

Dr Amanda Doyle

NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will work in partnership with the six other CCGs in Lancashire – Lancashire North, East Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, West Lancashire, Chorley and South Ribble and
Greater Preston – to develop a new approach to commissioning.

A working group consisting of representatives from each of the CCGs, along with public health consultants and other health representatives has agreed to review and wherever possible develop joint polices across Lancashire.

Members of the public are invited to attend one of three public forums on Thursday. Feedback will be used to amend policies.

They will be held at: 10am to noon at the Solaris Centre, New South Promenade, Blackpool; 2pm to 4pm, at Thornton Little Theatre, Fleetwood Road, Thornton; and 6 to 8pm, at the Eco Pod, Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields, Park View Road, Lytham.

CCGs are responsible for buying a wide range of health services, including hospital, GP, community and mental health services for residents

Dr Amanda Doyle

Dr Amanda Doyle, chief clinical officer at NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “CCGs are responsible for buying a wide range of health services, including hospital, GP, community and mental health services for residents.

“This needs to be done in an open, fair and transparent manner but we must also make sure we offer the most clinically appropriate treatments while getting value for money.”