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Service Consultation Review

As the population grows and people live longer, the demand for healthcare continues to rise. Meanwhile, there is a widening gap between the funding that the NHS receives and the money it needs to carry on providing existing services.

Therefore, the CCG joined forces with four other CCGs to conduct a formal 90-day consultation from October 2016 to January 2017. The consultation's purpose was to seek people's views on plans to reduce the amount they spend on the services that have the lowest impact on patient care. By making savings in this way, the CCGs would have more to spend on priority services.

The consultation sought the public's views on changes to the following services:

  • cosmetic procedures
  • treatments for some skin conditions
  • ear, nose and throat procedures
  • fertility and sterilisation treatments
  • surgery for injuries and conditions affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves
  • services relating to the urinary tract, reproductive organs and incontinence.

Click here for a detailed analysis of the consultation findings.

Click here for a summary of communications and engagement activity during the consultation period.

A report summarising the consultation findings was reported to the Governing Body in March 2017 where decisions were made along the following lines for each service area:

  • change the threshold that needs to be met before a treatment or procedure can be carried out
  • stop the routine provision of treatments and procedures, inviting the referring clinician to make an individual funding request
  • stop funding services except in exceptional clinical circumstances.

 

The restrictions agreed by the Governing Body at its March 2017 meeting do not infringe the right of patients to be treated in line with obligations set out in the NHS Constitution, Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998.

Click here to view the agreed Commissioning Policy and Subfertility Policy

Click here to view the Equality Impact Assessments