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NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is holding two important meetings in public this month and the public is invited to attend.

HMR CCG’s Governing Body is meeting at Number One Riverside on 17 February 2017. The monthly Governing Body meetings are where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about everything from policies to which health services will be commissioned.

At this month’s 30 minute meeting, no formal decisions will be made but members of the public are invited to put their questions to Governing Body members about how local health services are planned.

The Governing Body meeting takes place as follows:

Date: Friday 17 February 2017

Time: 10.30am-11am

Venue: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

Also taking place this month is the Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting on 24 February 2017. Held quarterly, these meetings are where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about the commissioning of GP services in the Rochdale borough.

At February’s meeting, the agenda will include updates on Greater Manchester devolution, primary care performance and quality, and primary care innovation and transformation.

The Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting takes place as follows:

Date: 24 February 2017

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

Public questions are welcome at both meetings and can either be submitted through the website on the Governing Body page here or the Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting page here, or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of each meeting.

Members of the public attending the meetings are asked to report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

It is requested that anyone submitting questions in advance of the Governing Body meeting does so at least 24 hours before the meeting commences. This will allow sufficient time for the question to be picked up and processed, before the meeting takes place. We would also ask people who have questions to ask to arrive half an hour before the meeting begins, so we are able to accurately capture the question as well as contact details to ensure a full response is provided.

Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and Chair of NHS HMR CCG, said: “Our Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning Committee meetings are great opportunities for residents to see for themselves how we plan and purchase health services in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and we encourage local people to attend. Public questions are an important part of our meetings and I’d urge anyone with a question to submit it and we can respond.

“If you can’t make it to the meetings, follow us on Twitter @NHSHMR for live tweets giving an overview of items being discussed and decisions made.”

The agendas and papers for the meetings, responses to previous public questions and meeting schedules can also be found on the Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning Committee pages of our website.

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