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MP's meetings on healthcare
9:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
AFTER three public meetings in her constituency involving health services MP Claire Perry believes the branches of service locally are committed to working together.
The MP was joined on the panels at public healthcare meetings in Devizes, Marlborough and Tidworth by senior representatives from the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wiltshire Council, local GPs, local hospitals and NHS Trusts.
Wiltshire CCG and Great Western Hospital restated their commitments to deliver many more services in local communities.
GPs are now leading on dementia diagnosis reducing waiting times from 11 months to just a few weeks; more services are moving back to Savernake Hospital; local care co-ordinators have been appointed who will coordinate all care for the highest risk patients and there is a commitment to improving access to urgent care, in Devizes especially, given the distances from other urgent care services.
Claire Perry said: “Overall I was really pleased with the progress reported and it seems at last there is a real intent amongst all parts of the NHS to work together.
“There is still work to be done to ‘join up’ some areas within the NHS but I am confident that with the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Group at the heart of local decision making that we will see further improvements over the next few months.
“My constituents can be assured that I will continue to work with local healthcare providers to ensure that people in the Devizes constituency get the services they need.”
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