First doctors and patients meeting is held in Portsmouth

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VARIOUS patient support groups from GP practices in Portsmouth have met the doctors who control health budgets for the city.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held its inaugural meeting of a new umbrella group for the various existing patient participation groups (PPGs) citywide.

Around 25 patient representatives from 11 surgeries attended a two-hour event at St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton.

Dr Tim Wilkinson, chairman of the CCG and lead GP on community engagement, said: ‘We’re delighted with both the turnout for this first meeting and the contributions made.

‘We are determined and fully committed to putting patients’ views at the heart of our planning of local health services.

‘This citywide forum is one way to help us achieve that and we will be looking to evolve its role, particularly when there are “hot” health issues to discuss.’

Many of the CCG’s 26 member practices have their own PPGs, mainly comprising patient representatives who meet to discuss services.