First public meeting of Bucks health body

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The first public meeting of the Bucks Health and Wellbeing Board was held today (Thursday).

At the county hall meeting, members looked at the new health and wellbeing strategy and how the county council, the NHS and the district councils will deliver it.

It was also decided Bucks will apply to be a Government ‘pioneer’ on the integration of health and social care services.

Board chairman and Bucks County Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Patricia Birchley, said: “It’s important that these meetings are open to the public, so that people can actually see how we work together at the highest level to ensure that everyone in the county receives the best possible information and services to help them lead healthy lives.”

The board is made up of representatives from the organisations who buy and run social care and health services in the county, including the NHS, the county council and the district councils.

The views of residents are represented by consumer group HealthWatch Bucks.

The public can also ask questions at the meetings, the next of which is on October 17 at county hall, Aylesbury.