PEOPLE are being urged to have their say on what treatments and procedures should be offered on the NHS in the region.
The NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking for the public’s views on what the future should be for treatments aimed at small groups of people, such as infertility treatments, treatment for varicose veins and penile implants.
The group is currently updating its list of treatments to take into account the latest medical evidence and they want to get the public’s views on what procedures should be added – or taken off – to what is offered in West Cheshire.
The CCG needs to consider if it wants to put the updated policy into practice and, if it does want to do so, it needs to find the funds to pay for it from its existing budget.
Before it can make these key decisions, the CCG is seeking feedback from a wide range of people – not just health care experts but members of the public and existing patients.
Dr Andy McAlavey, medical director for NHS West Cheshire CCG, said: “It is important for patients and local people to know each patient will be treated as an individual and will not be denied treatment on the basis of cost saving.
“At NHS West Cheshire CCG we want to ensure we commission the most effective medical treatment for the best of our local population.”
Patients and members of the public have the right to feed their views into this decision-making process.
Feedback is needed by midday on Monday April 7.
All feedback will be taken into account before the CCG finalises and approves its new commissioning policy.
The new draft policy is complex because it has been drafted for family doctors and consultants.
To make it easier for people to understand what the latest guidance says and what NHS West Cheshire CCG needs to decide, it has used a colour key to show people whether the changes to a specific service or treatment area are important in red and less important in amber.
Where the national guidance is proposing changes that are not important, very minor changes or there is no change at all, this has been colour-coded green.
New treatments/procedures are colour-coded blue.
For an easy-to-read explanation of each service area and its new guidance, visit: www.cheshiremerseysidecsu.nhs.uk/commissioning- policy-review.htm%20
There are a number of ways feedback can be provided, including filling in an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/JLXH8JW
If your circumstances mean this cannot be done you can contact the customer solutions team for further information on 0800 218 2333.
For further information about this commissioning policy review process and to find out about the local opportunities for people to feed back their views, please contact Emma Leigh on firstname.lastname@example.org
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