NHS East and North Hertfordshire and NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the organisations that plan and fund health services in Hertfordshire, are seeking patient opinion.
The CCGs are asking for your views on a series of proposals designed to make best use of the money available to the local NHS, while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses.
The proposals are about:
Tightening up existing rules so that people who smoke or whose weight is classified as ‘obese’ are required to make bigger improvements to their health before non-urgent surgery – unless a longer wait for surgery would be harmful
Limiting the routine prescription of food supplements, as well as medicines and products that can be bought without prescription for short-term conditions and minor ailments
Restricting the prescribing of gluten-free foods
Stopping NHS funding for female sterilisation procedures
Reducing or stopping the availability of NHS-funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services except in exceptional circumstances. West Essex CCG is also consulting its residents on this issue.
You can view or download the documents and give your views by going to the following web address. www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhsletstalk
The consultation closes on Thursday 14th September 2017, and as part of the consultation there are a series of public meetings to seek your views on these proposals, and details of those events can also be found on the website above.
If you need any more information, please feel free to contact the CCG by calling 01707 685 140 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org