PATIENTS are being encouraged to take part in groups that discuss ways and ideas to improve health services.
Patient participation groups (PPGs), are attached to most practices in south-east Hampshire.
These are then fed back to the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to help inform the planning and buying of healthcare services.
Tracey Faraday-Drake, chairman of South-Eastern Hampshire CCG’s community engagement committee, said: ‘GPs are now at the heart of buying health services locally, and PPGs are another way for patients to have their say.
‘We also hold governing body meetings in public so people can see us in action, and public seminars give people another avenue to become involved in the work of the CCG for the benefit of all patients.’
Patients interested in joining the PPG associated with their GP practice should contact the practice manager or look online.’