Patients across Norfolk and Waveney will be able to have their say on plans to transform the region’s health and care system
Patients across Norfolk and Waveney will have their say on plans to transform the region’s health and care systems.
It comes following public concerns over a lack of available information on future plans for local services under the sustainability transformation partnership (STP).
The STP is one of 44 across the country which aims to save the NHS money - in Norfolk and Waveney £300m needs to be saved over the next five years.
But during Norfolk’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on October 26, Antek Lejk, executive lead for the region’s STP, confessed a plan to overhaul health services was made in secret.
Staff and members of the public felt in the dark over changes to the health service.
In order for people to have their views on the situation a series of consultation events hosted by Healthwatch Norfolk will be taking place in November.
Alex Stewart, chief executive of Healthwatch Norfolk, said: “We are fully aware that there is no easy fix for the challenges facing the health and care sector and that there will undoubtedly be some difficult discussions that need to take place.
“Healthwatch Norfolk’s principal concern is enabling the public to be fully involved in that process. There has been little opportunity for public involvement until now, so these meetings represent real progress.”
This year alone the STP is hoping to save £150m from the region’s £2.6 billion health and social care budget.
Healthwatch’s first events will focus on urology, cardiology and radiology services, with a separate session at each venue devoted to the future of primary care.
The meetings will be held at: Roundwood Conference Centre, Taverham, on November 22 between 3pm and 8.30pm; King’s Lynn Town Hall, on November 27, between 3pm and 8.30pm, and Kings Centre, Great Yarmouth, on December 1, between 10am and 4pm.
Each event will be chaired by former Norfolk coroner and Healthwatch Norfolk chairman William Armstrong, who will be joined by clinicians and Mr Lejk.
For more information and to book a free place click here or call Norfolk Healthwatch on 01953 856029.