Formby Labour Councillor organises meeting for campaigners and t

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen with Southport & Formby CCG chairman Dr Niall Leonard and some of the campaigners and residents who attended the 38 Degrees meeting at Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Formby on Monday.

 

NHS campaigners and residents took their chance to quiz the head of the new health body in charge of commissioning health services in Formby and Southport on Monday evening.

Members of the campaign group 38 Degrees organised the meeting at Holy Trinity Parish Hall on Rosemary Lane to give residents the chance to find out more about the new Clinical Commissioning Group, which replaced the Primary Care Trust on April 1.

The CCGs are made up of local GPs who took control of the commissioning of health services.

Earlier this year online campaign group 38 Degrees, which is spearheaded in Sefton by Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen, compiled a 1,600-name petition calling on the CCG to vow to protect the NHS from privatisation.

The petition was handed to Southport & Formby CCG chairman Dr Niall Leonard, who this week accepted the invitation to answer residents' question about the work of the CCG.

Cllr Killen said: "The NHS is obviously going through lots of changes. 38 Degrees is campaigning to make sure that any changes that are proposed are done so in full consultation with the public.

"We are therefore pleased that Dr Leonard is willing to engage with community groups and campaigners. He does listen to our concerns and he accepts that there are problems and he wants to tackle them.

"He says himself that part of his job is to make the decision makers take notice. If he is willing to take on board our concerns, we can play a part in that process.

"Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has already pledged to reverse the Health and Social Care Bill changes when the party gets back to power.

"We all now need to make sure that the current NHS reforms do not damage our NHS beyond repair.

"Dr Leonard has agreed to meet us again later in the year. We will publicise the date and time of the meeting once it is finalised. In the meantime, people can find out more about our campaign by going to Facebook and searching for '38 Degrees in Sefton', or by emailing me at nina.killen@councillors.sefton.gov.uk."

 

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen with Southport & Formby CCG chairman Dr Niall Leonard and some of the campaigners and residents who attended the 38 Degrees meeting at Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Formby on Monday.

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