Forum launched to help improve health services across county

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Residents are being invited to join a group which will help steer the way healthcare is organised in Bedfordshire.

The forum, set up by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), will bring together patients, carers, clinicians and anyone with an interest in improving health services in the county.

It will work as part of the healthcare review BCCG announced in December and will be organised into four areas: urgent and emergency care; planned care, such as operations; long-term conditions, such as asthma and diabetes; and children’s and maternity services.

Dr Peter Parry Okeden of BCCG said: “Keeping patients, clinicians and the people of Bedfordshire informed and involved throughout the process will be central to the success of this review.

“We want to use their ideas and input to help shape future models of healthcare so that the decisions we take as clinical commissioners reflect what local people have told us is important to them.”

The first meeting of the forum will be in Bedford at the end of February. For more information, go to

BCCG is the GP-led body responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire.