Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 26/11/2013 12:45:02
The first part of a health meeting will be entirely dedicated to people’s questions regarding minor injuries services in Faversham.
NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be holding its monthly governing body meeting on Wednesday 4 December, 2pm at St Stephen’s Community Centre, Canterbury (CT2 7BN). The first hour of the meeting will be open to questions from members of the public in relation to Faversham’s Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).
Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, said: “We are extending our usual question time to allow as many people as possible to ask us questions about the minor injuries service in Faversham. We know there is considerable strength of feeling around the issue and we want to talk through people’s concerns with them.
“We are disappointed that it was not possible to find a provider for the service. We do not take the decision to close the service lightly, but we have to be realistic – it would appear that no provider wants to take on the service as it would not be financially viable for them to do so.
“In addition to hearing people’s views at our governing body meeting, we now want to speak to as many people as possible, to work through any issues or concerns and see what we can do to minimise any potential impacts before the service comes to a close in March 2014.”
Since the announcement that a provider could not be found to take over the service, the CCG has, and will be continuing to hold discussions with local people, GPs, councillors, MPs and other organisations. The CCG will be discussing the closure at Kent County Council’s Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) on Friday 29 November.
The CCG will also be at the Alexander Centre, Faversham, 7pm on Friday 6 December to discuss minor injuries services at a public meeting arranged by The Friends of the Faversham Cottage Hospital.
If anyone has any comments or concerns that they would like to discuss with NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group they can:
•Tweet: @NHSCCCCG using #CCGMIU
•Call: 01227 791359
•Write to the CCG: NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, Brook House, John Wilson Business Park, Reeves Way, Chestfield, Whitstable, CT5 3DD.
Governing body meeting papers are usually available on the CCG website at least five days in advance of a meeting. For further information, visit: www.canterburycoastalccg.nhs.uk.