Nothing but the best for Bath and North East Somerset patients, say health chiefs
Health chiefs responsible for care in Bath and North East Somerset say they will accept nothing but the best.
A new organisation led by GPs will from April 1 be in charge of deciding spending priorities and commissioning care in the district.
The NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is taking over from the old NHS B&NES Primary Care Trust.
CCG chairman Dr Ian Orpen, a Bath GP, said: “Our main priorities are ensuring high quality care and patient safety.
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“We have made an absolute commitment to making sure that NHS patients in our area are treated with compassion and respect as well as care of the highest standard.
“This is what we are expecting from all the hospitals and other providers we work with, and we will not tolerate anything less.”
The GPs elected on to the CCG board have pledged to get out in the community and work with volunteer groups.
Over the next six months they will spend at least half a day shadowing hospital doctors, nurses and paramedics, or supporting a voluntary sector body.
Dr Orpen added: “As GPs, we know our patients and their needs, which means we can plan health care with a stronger focus on clinical needs.
“This is particularly crucial at this time as we face the challenges of an ageing population and pressure on funding.”
Dr Orpen reassured patients that they would not suddenly see big changes from next month.
He said: “Everyone will still be able to see their GP as usual to get the treatment needed. It is in the background that things will be changing, where GPs have been given the freedom to develop local services.
“We are committed to listening to our patients, local communities and partner organisations and working with them to deliver the best possible services.”
The CCG will be holding board meetings in public six times a year across B&NES.
The first will take place at 10am on Wednesday April 3, in the Manna Room, at St Philip’s and St James Church, in Odd Down
Members of the public can attend and questions should be emailed in advance to Julie-Anne Wales, Julieemail@example.com or by post to NHS Banes CCG, St.Martin's Hospital, Clara Cross Lane, Bath, BA2 5RP.
Questions must be received by 12noon on Tuesday April 2.
Copies of the board papers are available at www.bathandnortheastsomersetccg.nhs.uk.