People living in Castle Point, Rochford and Southend-on-Sea are being asked for their views on proposed changes to healthcare. The two local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and NHS Southend CCG - are jointly updating their Service Restriction Policies (SRP) and seeking views on a number of changes within the document.
NHS Southend CCG Chair Dr José Garcia Lobera said: “Most CCGs have a Service Restriction Policy (SRP) which sets out the clinical criteria for a large range of medical treatments and procedures. This is an important document as it explains which treatments are not available through the NHS and those treatments which are available but only if a patient matches certain criteria.
“The NHS Five Year Forward View outlines three key areas for change that are needed if the NHS is going to be sustainable now and in the future, which are (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) quality of care and (iii) NHS finance and efficiency. We must therefore ensure treatments and procedures provided locally are based on good clinical evidence and value. This has led us to suggest some changes to our SRP, and we want local people to have a look at these proposed changes and let us know what they think.”