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Question Time for doctors at Bury health service debate

Members of the public will get the chance to have their say about the biggest ever changes to health services in Greater Manchester, at a Question Time style event in Bury.

A panel of experts will be questioned about the Healthier Together proposals, which aim to improve health services in Greater Manchester, The event will take place at The Met in Bury on Thursday, August 28th, starting at 7pm, and will be hosted by the Bury Times.

The panellists, including doctors, will give their views and opinions about the proposals at the event, chaired by Lynn Ashwell, Deputy Editor of the Bolton News.

The panel members are:

  • Martin Smith (Clinical Director, Emergency Medicine, Salford Royal Hospital) 
  • Stuart North (Chief Officer, NHS Bury CCG) 
  • Dr Kiran Patel (Chair and Clinical Lead, NHS Bury CCG) 
  • Dr Anton Sinniah (Deputy Medical Director, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) 
  • Lorraine Ganley (Senior Manager, Acute Episodes, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust) 
  • Cllr Rishi Shori (Deputy Leader of the (Bury) Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing)

Healthier Together aims to reduce variation in care across Greater Manchester so all patients can access and receive excellent health care.

Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  said: “The Healthier Together ‘Question Time’ events are an opportunity for people to take part in a lively, open and transparent discussion about proposals to change health services in Greater Manchester.

“These proposals represent the biggest changes to date to health services in Greater Manchester, this event is a great opportunity for the public to come and find out more about the planned changes and pose questions to our panel of experts about how it will affect their local services. It is vital that people have their say now about how they want hospital, GP and community services to be provided in the future.”

The event takes place at The Met, Market Street, Bury, from 7 - 8.30pm on Thursday, August 28th. To find out more and book your place go to www.BestCareGM.nhs.uk/bury, or call 0800 888 6789.

The consultation runs until the end of September and patients are being urged to also have their say by filling in the online questionnaire at www.BestCareGM.nhs.uk 

For media enquiries contact Martin McEwan - Martin.McEwan@nhs.net / 0161 625 7491/ 07741 294008 or Paul Horrocks - paul@essential-comms.co.uk / 07768 615876.

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