Tasty feedback on NHS reforms

WHO CARES? -- Jim Radburn, of Carers In Hucknall, asking questions at the event -- DISPIC NHUD12-0396-1.
WHO CARES? -- Jim Radburn, of Carers In Hucknall, asking questions at the event -- DISPIC NHUD12-0396-1.
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THIRTY Hucknall residents made sure their voices were heard at a consultation event to tackle controversial changes facing the National Health Service (NHS).

‘Voice For Health’, which was held at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, focused on government plans to overhaul the health service and give control of budgets to doctors, as part of commissioning groups.

The event was hosted by the Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, which includes Hucknall.

Dr Tony Marsh, a GP and clinical lead for the organisation, said: “We thought the Hucknall event was a great success. We tried to reassure patients and members of the public that the changes to local health commissioning are NHS-led, while they provided us with valuable ideas and feedback.

“A workshop session was particularly helpful, with patients putting forward ideas that included a greater emphasis on access to services for older people, education and prevention services to reduce smoking and alcohol abuse.

“The feedback is being actively considered and will be shared to help shape our future plans.”