Harlow residents invited to key health matters meeting
Health / Wed 17th Jan 2018 pm31 02:55pm
NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board Meeting in Public
NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting members of the public to its next Board meeting which takes place on Thursday 25th January, 2018 from 9:30am.
The Board will meet in Zinc Arts, High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AD.
It will discuss Primary care planning, integrated urgent care, the consultation on over the counter medicines and the Accountable Care Partnership.
Local residents are invited to observe NHS West Essex CCG Board meetings, which are meetings held in public rather than public meetings. Although members of the public are not able to participate in the decision-making process by attending they have the opportunity to hear the latest news on the vision for health and care in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford.
The final part of the meeting will provide local people with the opportunity to put questions to Board members.
Agenda papers can be viewed now at:
Anyone keen to avoid further privatisation of the NHS should go along to hear about Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). The UK think tank Kings Fund defines ACOs as follows: "Accountable Care Organisations are a more formal version of an ACP that may result when NHS providers agree to merge to create a single organisation or when commissioners use competitive procurement to invite bids from organisations capable of taking on a contract to deliver services to a defined population." Competitive procurement results in Virgin Care suing the NHS over its failed bid for NHS contracts. As the Telegraph newspaper reported last November: "It sued six Surrey clinical commissioning groups, NHS England and Surrey County Council. Virgin and the CCGs said the matter had been resolved, stating that the terms were confidential. But board papers for one of the six CCGs involved state that its “liability” in the case is £328,000."