Decision day approaches for NHS service change proposals

The views of Hertfordshire residents about a range of proposed NHS service changes are now being analysed ahead of a special joint meeting of East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys CCG which takes place on 12 October.

The Healthier Future - Let’s Talk public consultation ran from 7 July until 14 September and asked people to give their views on whether the NHS in Hertfordshire should: 

  • stop or reduce funding IVF and specialist fertility treatment, apart from in exceptional circumstances
  • limit the prescribing of food supplements, medicines and products that can be bought ‘over the counter’ for short-term or minor conditions  
  • restrict the prescribing of gluten-free foods
  • stop NHS funding for female sterilisation procedures apart from in exceptional circumstances
  • tighten up existing rules so that people must give up smoking and become a healthy weight before they have non-urgent surgery 
  • stop NHS funding for vasectomy (Herts Valleys CCG only), apart from in exceptional circumstances

These proposals were put forward to help the local NHS in Hertfordshire make the best use of its limited funding, while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses.

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, GP and Chair of East and North Hertfordshire CCG said:

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete a questionnaire, come along to one of our consultation events or write us a letter about the proposals.  Since the consultation ended, an independent organisation has been collating and analysing all your feedback and their report will help us to make our decisions when we meet next week.” 

Dr Nicolas Small, GP and Chair of Herts Valleys CCG said:

I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation and shared their thoughts about these important issues, and for the many constructive ideas and suggestions we received.” 

Representatives from East and North Hertfordshire CCG’s governing body and Herts Valleys CCG’s board will discuss the feedback received during consultation and make decisions on the proposals at a special joint meeting in public on Thursday 12 October 2017. Papers for this meeting will be available on www.healthierfuture.org.uk and also on both CCG websites from Friday 6 October.

Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting to observe. Limited spaces are available so we would ask that you register your interest here: http://herts-ccgs-joint-committee.eventbrite.co.uk     

There will be some time set aside at the start of the meeting for Hertfordshire residents or interested organisations to make brief statements. These statements must be no longer than three minutes each. If you wish to make a statement at the meeting, please contact governingbody@enhertsccg.nhs.uk to request a place on the agenda. We will need to limit the number of speakers due to time constraints.

You can download the papers for the joint committee here.