Progress report on shake-up of Milton Keynes healthcare

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More than 85 local patient representatives, carers and clinicians met on Wednesday for an update on the plans to overhaul healthcare in Milton Keynes and Bedford.

The event, held in Bedford, gave the latest news on the £3.2million review which is expected to see a “major downgrade” of A&E at either Milton Keynes or Bedford Hospital.

Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which oversee healthcare across the two areas, are leading the review.

Dr Paul Hassan, chief clinical officer for Bedfordshire CCG, said: “We have listened to our Stakeholder Forum and have more work to do. This will involve further analysis of these models. We will also look at other models including those that enable more hospital services to be delivered in the community. We will only take forward options that we believe will meet the particular needs of local people.

“Throughout the review we have been open and honest, sharing our working with the public, our patients and clinicians. We will continue to do this to ensure we reach the right solutions together.”