The answer is: we do. We? We are the Patient Participation Groups who represent the interests of patients of the Elmham and Swanton Morley surgeries and it is these interests that will need to be looked at afresh in the light of all the promised changes ahead.
For that reason, the Patient Groups are organising a public meeting in October to give everyone the chance to find out what is going on and to talk about what they would like to happen.
Top of the list will be the sweeping changes that the new government has announced for the running of the health service. Doctors are apparently to be given the job of commissioning (buying) services from hospitals, mental health units and community clinics on a scale far beyond what developed in another reorganisation of some 20 years ago. County health authorities like NHS Norfolk have been told they are to be abolished.
What will this hold for patients turning to the Elmham and Swanton Morley surgeries? What about changes being brought in already, like integrated care and personal health budgets? It is with questions like these in mind that the Patient Groups have arranged a public meeting on Thursday, 14th October next. It will be in North Elmham School commencing at 7 p.m. and it will be your chance to hear from doctors of the Elmham Practice and from the County Health Authority.
Make a note in your diary for 14th October 2010.