Public opion sought on NHS cash plans

HEALTH chiefs want the public to tell them how to spend millions of pounds.The NHS in Ipswich is set to be transformed with a multi-million pound scheme to create better centres for health and well-being.

HEALTH chiefs want the public to tell them how to spend millions of pounds.

The NHS in Ipswich is set to be transformed with a multi-million pound scheme to create better centres for health and well-being.

Ideas include creating one-stop centres and bigger resource centres, which could bring a range of health, social care and voluntary and community organisations under one roof.

The plan, dubbed Better by Design, sets out a ten-year programme and identifies the Primary Health Care Trust's aims locally.


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Lilian Power, chairwoman of the Ipswich Primary Health Care Trust, said: "Our health and the health of our loved ones is crucially important to all of us.

"We are all proud of healthcare services in Ipswich but many of our staff care for people in buildings which are now becoming outdated and overcrowded.

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"Many have poor or no access for disabled people or do not have individual consulting rooms."

The scheme is just at the ideas stage and has been brought to life in a new film by the trust.

People are being asked to give their views on where they think the new centres should be based and what they would like included.

The aim is to reach as many people as possible, including voluntary and community groups, residents associations, individuals, patient support groups and neighbours.

Trust chiefs would like to hear from anyone or any group who would like to see the film, which is available on DVD or video, or have a copy of the leaflet.

Copies of the leaflet are available from GP practices, community clinics or direct from Ipswich Primary Care Trust.

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www.ipswich-pct.nhs.uk

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