Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Changes to NHS Explained; Chronicle Launches Campaign Which Aims to Answer Questions on How Shake-Up Will Affect Our Readers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Changes to NHS Explained; Chronicle Launches Campaign Which Aims to Answer Questions on How Shake-Up Will Affect Our Readers

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A MAJOR shake-up of the health service is on the way - and we aim to explain exactly what it means for you.

On Monday, the Chronicle will launch its Your Health in Your Hands campaign.

The biggest ever reform of the NHS was undertaken earlier this year as the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was implemented.

As part of the major changes, all primary care trusts will cease to exist from April next year and will be replaced by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The Chronicle wants to let you know what health initiatives are being undertaken and developed in your area as part of the region's CCGs.

We will run a series of articles next week looking at how your health care and services may be affected.

It will draw to a close with Dr Relton Cummings - GP lead for NHS Newcastle North and East CCG - answering questions about the NHS reforms in Friday's paper.

Dr Cummings said: "We have a great opportunity here to make sure that we respond to the needs of the local population while improving the quality of services and the health of the population overall."

He added: "Local clinicians are ideally placed to bring healthcare even closer to patients and this initiative is just one example of the way our CCG is working to put patients at the heart of everything we do.

"We are dedicated to supporting innovation and seize the opportunities that are available to improve the health and wellbeing of the population we serve."

? To send in a question you want answered about the Government's NHS reforms, email helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk or call Helen on 0191 201 6269.

How doctor put my mind at rest DAD Kenneth Tweddle is already one example of Clinical Commissioning Groups in action.

He spent years fearing he could have bowel cancer before a simple health test gave him the all clear.

The 37-year-old feared he could be suffering from the cancer as he has a family history of the illness.

But now his mind is finally at rest after he was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

He identified the condition thanks to a simple health test from the Waterloo Medical Group in Blyth, Northumberland. …

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