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Join the Big Conversation about local NHS funding

30th September 2019

The Big Conversation has launched in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – to get local people talking and giving their views about healthcare funding.

More people are using local NHS services but staff and money are limited.

So Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which buys the healthcare services in the local area, is asking for the public’s help in making sure that money is spent in the best way possible.

To capture people’s views as well as ideas on how to save money, the CCG has launched an online survey and a series of meetings across the county in October, November and December – details below.

It’s also running a community values panel, organised with help from Healthwatch, to establish what’s most important to people.

Why the public’s help is needed

The CCG is currently buying more services than it can afford with its £1.3 billion budget.  It is overspending and has a £75m debt. 

So it has to make some difficult decisions about the services it can afford to provide for the area’s 980,000 people in the future. This includes funding for hospitals, GP services, pharmacies, mental health services and much, much more.

It currently spends

  • £670.8m on hospital services including accident and emergency, operations, maternity services, specialist treatments, hospital stays, ambulances.
  • £155.8m on GP services covering thing like visits to GPs, practice nurses and health care assistants, vaccinations, out of hours support.
  • £127.3m on mental health to pay for crisis support and support services including counselling, learning disability services.
  • £111.7m on community healthcare services such as district nurses and physiotherapy.
  • £118.3m on prescriptions (from GPs) for medicines and other items prescribed by your GP or nurse.

Dr Gary Howsam, local GP and Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG said that while £1.3billion sounded like a lot of money, it wasn’t enough to deliver everything the CCG would like.

He said: “If our current budget was shared equally across our whole population it would amount to £1,125 to spend per person each year and we are currently operating at a deficit of £75 million, which means significant savings must be made. Which is why we need to make sure that money is spent in the best way possible.

“To help us to make decisions about the services and treatments we buy in the future, we are asking our local community to share their views on what matters most to them and about some key areas with us.

“The responses to these questions will be used to create a set of principles that will inform our future plans, so it is really important everyone gets involved and has their say.”

Get involved and have your say

The CCG wants to listen to your ideas about how to make savings in the future, whilst protecting the services you value most. It also wants to hear your experiences of using local NHS services and any opportunities you ‘ve seen to change things.

You can give your views straight away in an online survey. Or go along to one of the public events across the area to hear more and give your feedback.

  • Fill out the online survey  
  • Fill in the paper copy of the questionnaire in the summary document at and send it FREEPOST to Freepost Plus RSCR-GSGK-XSHK, BIG conversation, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, Lockton House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge CB2 8FH by Friday 20 December 2019. You do not need a stamp.
  • Phone and give your views on 01223 725317.
  • Come along to one of the public events in Peterborough. Daytime: 16 October, 1:30 – 3:00pm. The Fleet, Fleet Way, High St, Fletton, PE2 8DL; Evening: 21 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Fleet, Fleet Way, High St, Fletton, PE2 8DL. 

Read more about the Big Conversation

Visit the CCG Big Conversation webpages