Health services cuts on cards in region

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Residents are being asked to comment on changes to their health services.

Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, say they have to make £13 million of combined cost savings in order to balance the books.

Until September 9, people are being asked for their views on two proposals to address the financial situation and a feedback event is being held in Sudbury on August 25 on Market Hill, from 11am to 2pm, to gather people’s views.

The first cost-saving proposal is to reduce access to in-vitro fertilisation services. The second proposal is to focus the marginalised and vulnerable adults service in the Ipswich area, where most of those who use the service are located.

Dr Ed Garratt, the CCGs’ chief officer said: “Locally, the CCGs are currently not in debt, but over the coming year they are at serious risk of spending more money than they have. Therefore, the clinicians, who run the CCGs along with managers, have had to think really hard about how and where they can reduce their spending.

“It is important to gather views on what these proposals mean to local people and what impact they could have on their lives.”

Views can be submitted online, in writing, or face-to-face at the CCGs’ feedback events across east and west Suffolk.