As part of the CCG’s BIG conversation, the team are hosting a number of public meetings across the area to discuss local healthcare services directly with the people responsible for commissioning them.
The CCG is responsible for NHS healthcare provision to 980,000 people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and has around £1.3 billion available each year for this. Although £1.3 billion may sound like a lot of money, this works out at just £1,125 per patient. A single trip to A&E costs the NHS £73, a GP visit comes in at £46, and just one night in a hospital racks up a cost of £1,722 – meaning the CCG faces big financial challenges in trying to commission all of the region’s NHS healthcare at just £1,125 per capita.
Because demand on NHS services is increasing, while budgets remain strained, the CCG knows it will need to make difficult choices regarding healthcare provision in the future. Through the BIG conversation, CCG bosses want to work with the public to understand local priorities and concerns.
The CCG’s Accountable Officer Jan Thomas explains:
“We all love the NHS and the services it provides to all of us. But budgets are limited and demands on healthcare services are increasing, so it’s important we realise we all have our part to play to protect the NHS.
“Through our BIG conversation events we’ll be able to have discussions with our community about the future of local healthcare delivery, which will be crucial in helping us make the right decisions for local healthcare in the future.
“We’re asking everyone to answer ten simple questions as part of our BIG conversation. Please come to an event near you, complete the survey online or pick up a copy of our survey at your local GP practice to ensure your voice is heard.”
The community can share their views at one of the following events:
- Cambridge 22 October, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge, CB4 2LD.
- Huntingdon 29 October, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon, PE29 3AB.
- Cambridge 31 October, 1:30 – 3:00pm. Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3QD.
- Wisbech 7 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Boathouse Business Centre, 1 Harbour Square, Wisbech, PE13 3BH.
- Cambourne 12 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm.
- Peterborough 21 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm.
- Ely 26 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm.
- St Neots 28 November, 6:00 - 7.30pm. Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots PE19 2BH.
- March 10 December, 6:00 - 7:30pm. March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March PE15 8LE.
Even if you can’t make it to an event, you can still make your views heard by visiting the CCG’s website and filling out a short survey online.