Parliamentary committee report acknowledges Future Fit commitment to Welsh patients

March 2015

A parliamentary report into cross-border health services has acknowledged Welsh involvement in the NHS Future Fit programme.

NHS Future Fit aims to transform hospital and other NHS services in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. These services are also used by patients living in mid Wales.

Last week the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee published a report on cross-border health arrangements between England and Wales.

It noted that NHS Future Fit had conducted a number of engagement exercises with the population in Powys, including public meetings, a telephone survey, and a number of workshops.

It also acknowledged that Powys Health Board is a voting member of the NHS Future Fit Programme Board to ensure that Welsh patient interests have a voice.

David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford & Wrekin CCG and Dr Caron Morton Chief Accountable Officer for Shropshire CCG said: “It is important to us that Welsh patients accessing services feel that they have a voice in NHS Future Fit.

“When people need medical treatment they should be able to access the services they need regardless of which side of the border they live on.”