Probe into emergency healthcare asks for public’s input

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

A watchdog wants to hear from the public as it prepares to investigate the state of urgent healthcare services in the county.

The group is asking the public to come forward with questions for it to put to the NHS managers who commission services.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s health and adult social care select committee (HASC) has the responsibility of calling to account health services, and part of this remit is make sure that urgent healthcare services are fit for purpose.

Urgent healthcare refers to all NHS services that are accessed by the public without a prior appointment, and includes the 111 telephone service, GP out-of-hours services, 999 emergency call services and ambulance services, and the A&E and minor injury units.

Councillor Lin Hazell, the chairman of HASC said: “Our role is to hold the health service accountable to the people of Buckinghamshire, so we are asking members of the public to suggest any questions they would like us to ask the NHS managers responsible for the county’s urgent care services.

“Questions might be in relation to the urgent care services on offer outside of hospitals or any of the hospital units that receive urgent cases in Buckinghamshire.

“The issue may or may not relate to personal experience.”

The cut-off date for questions is January 23, and the email address for letters is scrutiny@buckscc.gov.uk.




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