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DERBYSHIRE: Health chiefs hold meeting as campaigners fight to protect NHS

NDET 3-1-13 MC 4
Campaigners lobby CCG over NHS cut fears outside NHS Commissioning Group in Chesterfield.

NDET 3-1-13 MC 4 Campaigners lobby CCG over NHS cut fears outside NHS Commissioning Group in Chesterfield.

PATIENTS and the public are invited to the February Governing Body meeting of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group while campaigners have been calling for the CCG to protect the NHS from privatisation and cuts to services.

CCGs led by local GPs and clinicians, will replace primary care trusts as the main planners and purchasers of health services for local people from April 2013.

Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clincial Commissioning Group, said: “We look forward to welcoming everyone to our next Governing Body meeting.

“The meeting will contain updates on the CCG’s work so far as well as an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about items on the agenda.”

Concerned campaigners submitted a petition with 1,781 names calling for the newly appointed North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group to protect the NHS from privatisation and cuts to services.

More than 30 supporters of the national campaign 38 Degrees, which is lobbying against NHS cuts, handed the petition to NDCCG chief officer Jackie Pendleton and NDCCG clinical leader Dr Ben Milton during a previous NDCCG Governing Body meeting.

Campaigners fear the new NDCCG, which is one of the GP-led groups replacing Derbyshire primary care trust’s NHS management role, will commission too many services to private providers and cut existing services leaving patients without treatment or forcing them to pay for certain care.

North Derbyshire 38 Degrees campaign organiser Liz Henderson has also called for a clause to protect the NHS to be included in its constitution. Jackie Pendleton said commissioning services follow legislation and the NDCCG is increasing its budget, and Dr Milton argued the structure has clinical leadership and continuity. Dr Richard Bull, of the NDCCG, also said the CCGs aim to improve quality and claimed most of its expenditure goes to NHS service providers.

The meeting will be held at the CCG’s Scarsdale headquarters’ Robert Robinson Room, on Nightingale Close, off Newbold Road, in Chesterfield, from 2pm, on Thursday, February 28.

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group represents 38 GP practices and is one of four clinical commissioning groups in the county established to take on the responsibility of health care for the people of Derbyshire.

 

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