Have your say on the future of the NHS
NHS England is calling on patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead.
It has launched "The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action". This sets out the current issues facing the NHS, identifies future challenges and the impact on funding of doing nothing.
A copy of the 'Call to Action' document can be downloaded here.
There have already been changes to make savings and improve productivity. The NHS is on track to find £20 billion of efficiency savings by 2015. However, further change is needed to protect high quality healthcare, free at the point of use. This does not mean cutting core NHS services or charging for them. NHS England is governed by the NHS Constitution which protects these principles.
The launch of the Call to Action heralded the beginning of a nationwide programme of engagement to being a public debate on the difficult questions, seek ideas and feedback.
The NHS Choices website gives further information on the Call to Action. Please do visit the site and leave your comments.
We are holding a Call to Action event on Tuesday 19 November from 10am - 12.30pm at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley, RG5 4JZ and look forward to working with local people and groups to have an honest and realistic debate about health and care in our area and to agree our shared priorities.
There are also two other events in Berkshire West on:
- Tuesday 12 November 7pm - 9pm. Kennet Room, Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7AE
- Thursday 14 November 7pm - 9pm. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR
If you would like to attend any of these events please call 0118 982 2709 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We very much look forward to working together with the local community on the bold actions needed to build an excellent NHS now and for the future.