Plans to overhaul healthcare, including hospital downgrade, discussed at public meeting

The average remaining life expectancy in East Lindsey is slightly lower than average, at 19.3 years.
The average remaining life expectancy in East Lindsey is slightly lower than average, at 19.3 years.
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Around 80 people attended a recent summit on the future of healthcare in Milton Keynes.

The Public Participation Forum, organised by Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (MKCCG) on December 9, looked at the interim findings and recommendations from the Progress Report, and outline the next stages in the Review.

Speakers included Dr Nicola Smith, GP Chair, and Matt Webb, Acting Chief Officer.

MKCCG is currently looking at a major overhaul of health in the city, which is expected to result in a significant downgrade of A&E service at either Milton Keynes or Bedford Hospital.

The event ended with an extended open questions and answers session.

Dr Nicola Smith, GP Chair of MKCCG, said: “After the publication of the Progress Report, it was important to hold our next forum to tell people more about the progress we have made and how the Review will now move forward.

“We also wanted to share some of the improvements the CCG is making to services in the community that will be key to delivering more care closer to home. Public and patient engagement has been at the heart of the project from the start, shaping the proposals, so it was important to share as much information as we can at this stage and hear how local residents are feeling about where we have got to.

“Although we now have two emerging options for Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals, much more detailed work is needed over the coming months to work out the specifics of how those possible models can be delivered within the resources that will be available in the future.”