The review into healthcare across Bedfordshire has been extended for a month to give clinical advisers more time to analyse and discuss the issues which have already been flagged up.
The Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group now hopes to publish its final report outlining possible future options for hospitals, community and GP services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, in July.
The results will then be put out for further public consultation in the autumn.
BCCG director of strategy Diane Bell said: “This is a clinically-led review which will result in crucial decisions being taken about the future of healthcare in Bedfordshire.
“It’s vital that we get this right before consulting patients and the public in the autumn.”
But public services union Unison has expressed concerns over the future of health care and urges the local community, service users, NHS staff and others who deliver care services to get actively involved in the review.
Unison’s Eastern regional organiser Cheryl Godber said: “This is a very worrying time for the future of care services in Bedfordshire.
“The review isn’t just about Bedfordshire services either, it is a joint review including those services being delivered by Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust.
“Both NHS Trusts are facing serious financial challenges.”
The BCCG says those who wish to comment on the review can visit the website at www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk or call 01525 864406.