Welwyn Garden City health bosses: 'Help us make tough spending choices'

PUBLISHED: 13:15 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 27 February 2017

Dr Hari Pathmanathan,  chair of East and North Herts CCG.

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, chair of East and North Herts CCG.

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Cash-strapped Welwyn Garden City health chiefs are appealing to the public to help them make tough choices as they struggle to balance their books.

The East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is based in Parkway, has launched a public survey on how to prioritise areas of spending.

Chairman Dr Hari Pathmanathan said: “The NHS is under growing pressure to pay for expensive new drugs and treatments, the number of people who need health services is increasing, and many people are living longer.

“With a limited budget we need to make sure that we are making the best use of the money available so that we can help more people to live healthier lives.

“As much as we would like to, we cannot afford to pay for everything. Some difficult choices have to be made about what the CCG can or cannot afford to spend.

“We want to hear your opinions on how difficult decisions should be made and listen to your suggestions about ways in which we can make savings.”

The survey asks, for example, how important it is that serious conditions such as cancer are prioritised over colds and dry skin.

People are also asked how important it is to help “our unhealthiest and most disadvantaged residents.”

The survey, which runs until March 20, can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/local-NHS-spending-survey

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