People living across the Fylde Coast have been asked to have their say on the future of NHS services.
Following the Government’s announcement of an extra £20.5billion of funding for the NHS across the UK over the next five years, NHS bosses want to plan how to use that money to improve services.
The plan will set out ambitions for improvements over the next decade and will be shaped through a national consultation involving the public.
Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a Fylde Coast GP who is accountable officer for NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and interim accountable officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “This has been a year for reflecting on the success of the NHS and celebrating its 70th birthday year.
“But now we must look to the future and start thinking about the long-term plan. It’s no secret the NHS has to develop to meet the needs of a changing population.
“As part of this process it is vital that all those who rely on and work in or alongside the NHS have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and insights.
“You may choose to provide responses for every topic or just the ones that are important to you or the group you represent. Where possible we encourage organisations to collate responses from their members into a single submission.”
Before completing the survey, people are encouraged to read a discussion guide which has been published, alongside an easy read version, which is intended to help stimulate ideas for suggested improvements to services across three key themes.
The themes are ‘giving people the right care at different stages of their lives’, ‘improving health and care in particular areas’ and ‘putting the right things in place for NHS services to improve’.
To view all the documents, complete the feedback form or for more information on the consultation, visit https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/developing-the-long-term-plan-for-the-nhs/ before 30 September 2018.