Patients urged to join Patient Participation Group

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Patients are being encouraged to join their local GP practice’s Patient Participation Group.

NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group has joined with local GP practices to encourage more people to do it as they make sure patients’ views are heard.

Groups also provide practical support in the surgery, foster improved communication between the practice and its patients and help patients to take more responsibility for their health.

Dr Nicola Smith, GP Chair at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Patients are at the heart of the NHS and we want patients to have their say on the NHS treatment they receive. Milton Keynes has a Patient Congress which is an alliance of PPGs.

“The Patient Congress has a seat on the CCG’s Public Advisory Forum, along with a membership drawn from third sector and other MK organisations. The Forum ensures the voices of patients and the public are listened to when the CCG is making decisions that affect them.

“We would encourage anyone who would like to have their say and contribute to improving their local NHS to join their own GP practice Patient Participation Group.”

Anyone interested in joining their local PPG is encouraged to ask at reception in their own GP practice. For more information on NHS Milton Keynes CCG and getting involved in their work visit www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/how-to-get-involved.