#NHSLetsTalk – Hertfordshire NHS public consultations on proposals for service changes

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) is asking local people for their views on a series of proposals designed to make the best use of the money available to the local NHS while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses.

These proposals are being made by NHS East & North Hertfordshire and NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Groups and are about:

Tightening up existing rules so that people who smoke or whose weight is classified as “obese” are required to make bigger improvements to their health before non-urgent surgery (unless a longer wait for surgery would be harmful)

Reducing or stopping the availability of NHS-funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services

Limiting the routine prescription of medicines and products for short-term conditions and minor ailments that can be bought without prescription

Restricting the prescribing of gluten-free foods

Stopping the routine funding for female sterilisation procedures

Stopping the routine funding of vasectomies (this would only affect patients registered with a GP in the HVCCG area – i.e.., Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers and Watford)

To find out more and to fill in a survey, go to:

www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhsletstalk