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Get involved in shaping the NHS in Enfield at special meeting

Published Thursday, 12 May 2011

A special Health and Scrutiny Wellbeing Panel meeting is being held on the 25th May 2011 at the Civic Centre at 7.30pm, to look at the possible impact of the Health and Social Care Bill. Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, the new Chair of the Panel is urging as many residents as possible to attend.

Wednesday 25th May 2011 - 7.30pm
Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1

She said "The Health and Social Care Bill, if implemented, will transform the way the NHS works forever, and will bring in sweeping changes that many argue will alter the core values about the service we hold dear.

"Patients could be charged for certain treatments, and we could also see the spectre of market forces returning to state healthcare, which could cause fragmentation of services.

"Many professional bodies, such as the Royal Collage of Practitioners, the BMA and the Royal College of Nurses have all expressed their concern. Not only at the scope of the changes, but at the speed that they are proposed."

As a result of this pressure, the Government has launched an NHS listening exercise due to close at the end of May.  The purpose of this is to 'pause, listen, reflect and improve' the Bill. This period of consultation gives members of the public a unique chance to come together and voice their opinions on changes which, once made to our NHS, cannot be undone.

Cllr Cazimoglu continued "As the new Chair of Enfield's Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel, I would like our residents to have an opportunity to engage with this process.  This Bill will have a fundamental impact on our healthcare system, how it is delivered and what it will mean to our local hospitals, especially, as we await a decision from the Health Secretary on the future of Chase Farm Hospital.

"This is your opportunity to express your views and let the Government know what kind of NHS you want. Please do come along and have your say. I cannot emphasise enough how important this is for the future of health services in Enfield."

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