Darlington Councillors Set To Discuss Potentially Big Changes To Health Services
6:14am 17th February 2017
Members of Darlington Borough Council will consider the draft NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) at an upcoming special meeting.
The draft plan, published by Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group, proposes some potentially big changes to the way health services are provided in the area, both in and out of hospital.
The special meeting, at 1pm today, will take the form of an enquiry into the STP, to enable councillors to hear representations and evidence on how it may impact on people in Darlington and the surrounding areas who use health services, including Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Councillor Andy Scott, cabinet member for health and partnerships, said: "We hope this event will be well attended, both by members of the public and those with a specific interest in the NHS.
"I know many people have concerns about the plans.
"We will all rely on the NHS at some point in our lives, so the future of NHS services in Darlington is an issue that affects everyone.
"Members of the public are welcome to attend, not just those living in Darlington but people further afield in South Durham and North Yorkshire who feel they may be affected by the proposals."
Members of the public may like to observe or speak at the enquiry.
To help accommodate the people who will not be able to attend the enquiry, or where we are unable to give them an opportunity to speak at the enquiry, an online form has been set up for people to leave their comments, which will be published on the website.
For more information, visit www.darlington.gov.uk/stpenquiry
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