Local people across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will have the chance from next week to give their views about the way certain health services are delivered.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) start the consultation next week (22 January 2018).
Members of the public, patients, community groups, GPs and health partners will have the opportunity to comment on possible changes to prescribing gluten free products, delivery of homeopathy services and changes to criteria covering breast reconstruction after cancer surgery.
“We believe these proposed policies reflect previous consultation exercises as well as further guidance from stakeholders, NHS England, the Department of Health and clinicians,” said Dr Peter Brindle, Medical Director of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs. “No decisions will be made until the consultation has ended and the results analysed.”
The CCGs have responded to feedback from a consultation exercise last summer on breast reconstruction after cancer surgery to include criteria for the rebalancing of the unaffected breast.
The proposals include a review of NHS funded homeopathy across the area and the removal of gluten free products from the list of prescriptions for patients in Bristol aged 18 and over.
Under the gluten free proposal, GPs would still retain clinical discretion where it was felt necessary and have a limited list of products to be prescribed for under 18s.
The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will include online surveys, face to face briefings, presentations and targeted meetings to user groups and service providers.
People wishing to take part can do so via the three CCG websites Get Involved section from noon on Monday 22 January.
NHS proposals January 2018: summary document
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