Have your say on £142million health budget

Doctors are now in control of a £142.4 million health budget for Crawley and want your input into how to spend it.

Crawley clinical commissioning group (CCG), which is made up of the town’s 13 GP practices, took over healthcare services from West Sussex Primary Trust on April 1, following a national reorganisation of the NHS.

Residents are invited to the launch of the Crawley CCG to have their say in how care is developed and run locally, at The Hawth at 11am on April 16.

CCG chief officer Dr Amit Bhargava said: “The changes to the NHS are all about tailoring local services to local need. It’s up to the public, combined with doctor’s expertise, to help us to decide where best to focus our attentions to deliver health and wellbeing that really meets the community’s needs.”

Crawley CCG has responsibility for planning and buying health services including hospital care, community hospitals and community-based care like nurses, health visitors and therapists.

The group will focus five goals including premature death prevention, enhancing quality of life for long-term conditions, recovery from ill health or injury, ensuring a positive experience of care, and a safe environment with protection them avoidable harm for patients.