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Record turnout for NHS Call to Action

A record 96 people attended the Call to Action meeting at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley to have their say on the future of their local NHS.

The event, held on November 19th, was organised by Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of the national Call to Action to canvass public opinion on the NHS and the challenges it faces in future.

Family doctors from the CCG shared ideas on plans for healthcare in the area over the next five years and priorities for the next two years. The members of the public were then invited to give their views on what it was they valued about the NHS, what they wanted it to keep on providing and what they saw as the main challenges locally.

The feedback showed clearly that people wanted the NHS to remain a free service, available to everyone and also that people should take more responsibility for their own health and care and treat themselves whenever appropriate.

David Cook, the lay member for Public & Patient Engagement at Wokingham CCG who chaired the meeting said:" We were delighted so many people turned up which just shows how much people value the opportunity to get involved in reshaping their NHS.

It is very encouraging for us to be able to speak to so many people and the dialogue will continue. The comments we received will feed into our future commissioning plans for health services in this area in the future and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to come along."

If anyone was unable to get along to the meeting but would like to comment on NHS services or has any ideas they would like to share, they can leave their comments online here from Monday.

Presentations from the meeting can be found here: part one (456KB) part two (336KB).

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