Campaigners meet with NHS chiefs

Freda Davis and members of Calderdale 38 Degrees present a petition to Dr Matt Walsh
Freda Davis and members of Calderdale 38 Degrees present a petition to Dr Matt Walsh

Leaders of Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) met with local representatives from campaign group 38 Degrees. 

The national group’s Calderdale branch met with doctors to discuss changes to the NHS, after obtaining nearly 1,000 signatures from local residents on their petition, which stressed 38 Degrees’ worry over private companies taking over local health services.

The campaign group highlighted its passion for CCG’s to protect local NHS services and consult patients properly before making changes and to spend money wisely.

CCG chair Dr Alan Brooks and chief officer Dr Matt Walsh spent time listening to the campaigners’ concerns over the provision of local health services following the recent changes to the NHS.

Dr Alan Books said: “Calderdale CCG is committed to listening to the opinions of local people and therefore we were happy to meet with members of 38 Degrees.

“We listened to their concerns and answered their queries as fully as possible.

“We are keen to hear feedback from local people, which we can use to inform our decision making over the healthcare services we commission.

“We take our responsibility seriously and are committed to ensuring that these services provide the best quality of care and best value for our patients.

“Our local providers are committed to upholding the values of the NHS and we are working to secure the best possible healthcare for our local communities.”

CCGs are the new NHS organisations responsible for buying healthcare services for their local populations.

They have taken over most of the healthcare commissioning responsibilities of primary care trusts (PCTs), which were abolishedin March.