Portsmouth GPs at the heart of the government’s health reforms are putting themselves in the firing line for an ‘Any Questions’ style event.
They are to set aside part of their governing body meeting this month to answer questions on any health-related issue in the city.
The meeting is being held at St James’ Hospital in Locksway Road from 2pm-4.30pm on Wednesday 20 February and the Q&A session will be held towards the end of the meeting at around 4pm.
Questions must be submitted in writing or email received by 4pm on Friday 15 February.
Dr Tim Wilkinson, who chairs the CCG governing board, said: “We will answer any health-related question that people want to ask us, but can’t answer questions about any individual’s health.
“For example, questions may be about our priorities, the NHS in general or local GP, community or hospital services.
“We are asking people to let us have their questions by 15 February so that we can plan the event, theme or group related questions and research those answers where data may be needed.”
Other items on the agenda will include financial and performance reports, the CCG’s response to a petition by the campaign group 38 Degrees* and a special presentation on the CCG’s plans for joined up care - where health and social care services work together.
You can email your questions to email@example.com Please title your email Question for the Governing Board.
Or you can write to Jayne Collis, Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, St James’ Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8LD.
The CCG has been authorised as a statutory organisation to replace NHS Portsmouth, the city’s primary care trust, as the main commissioner of local healthcare services.
*Note to reporters: 38 Degrees is a UK campaigning community, which has asked the CCG to protect local NHS services and stop them being broken up or taken over by “irresponsible private companies.”
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