A decision on the options considered as part of the Healthcare For The Future consultation is expected to be made in March 2017.
The consultation has looked at several key hospital services delivered in West, North and East Cumbria over the last 12 weeks and closes today (Dec 19th).
The options were drawn up by NHS organisations working together through the Success Regime. NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the part of the local health system which has the statutory responsibility for consultation.
Over the last 12 weeks there have been 17 public meetings, and many more smaller sessions. People have been asked to share their views on the options for consultation online, or by filling in the survey in the consultation document or by making a personal submission to a Freepost address.
NHS Cumbria CCG’s Governing Body has carefully considered a timetable for decision making. Members feel it is important to make a decision as early as possible, but only if they are confident that public feedback has been thoroughly considered.
The public feedback is being analysed independently by The Campaign Company, and a report is expected in early February. Work will also be carried out to assess any alternative options suggested by members of the public and community groups. Local clinicians and regional specialists also will be involved in that process.
Health leaders from across the system and NHS Cumbria CCG’s Governing Body will also spend time considering the public feedback from the consultation process.
It is expected NHS Cumbria CCG’s Governing Body will make a decision in early March, ahead of the local government elections in May.
This will then be considered by Cumbria County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee.
Notes to Editors:
The Healthcare For The Future consultation closes at midnight tonight (Monday 19th December 2016). Submissions made to the: Freepost ‘NHS Cumbria Consultation’ address will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 to allow for any delays caused by the Christmas post.