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Survey explores impact of funding cuts on Lichfield and Burntwood health services

A new study aims to reveal the true impact of funding cuts on health services in Lichfield and Burntwood.

The Funding for the Future survey is being launched by Healthwatch Staffordshire.

The watchdog is also appealing for views on how services could be better designed.

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, which delivers Healthwatch, said: “Funding cuts have already made a big impact on health services in Staffordshire as well as the rest of the UK.

“Things are likely to get worse before they get better, so it’s important that we get a snapshot of how people are being affected by the changes that are being made.

“This survey is looking at the impact that reductions in funding or changes to services have had so far.

“We want to hear about people’s experiences and would like to analyse the impact such decisions have had on quality of life.”

The study also looks at the next step for services in Staffordshire, according to Ms Sensier.

She added: “We want to hear people’s ideas about how services can be designed to have maximum efficiency and impact in future.

“How could the allocation of funds be changed, given the financial pressures faced by the NHS, and how can we minimise the impact of future cuts on individuals or the community?

“These are big issues that are likely to affect every one of us at some point in our lives so it’s vital that as many people as possible can have a say.

“Feedback will be passed on to commissioners to help inform their plans for the sustainable delivery of services in Staffordshire.”

People can take part in the survey online.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Norman

    5th April, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Please campaign for the Health Centres we were promised because we don’t have an MP that will, and argue for decent social care services at the County Council, because the current Conservative Leadership won’t.

    No survey needed to find out that these issues are vital to the health and wellbeing of Burntwood’s residents.