Get out and vote, says MP

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HIGH PEAK MP Andrew Bingham is urging local residents to have their say on the future of health services in the area.

A public meeting is taking place in Buxton on June 14 as part of a consultation by Derbyshire’s health organisations. Initially no public meetings were planned for Buxton but public pressure forced health bosses into a u-turn, as reported in the Buxton Advertiser on May 10.

The consultation is asking residents for their views on a proposed set of principles which will inform future decision-making in the NHS.

Mr Bingham said: “Following the strong representations that I made, I’m pleased that we now have a date in the High Peak.

“I would urge as many local people to come along to this meeting as possible. We need to have a say in the High Peak.”

The principles have been drawn up in response to major challenges facing the NHS in Derbyshire as people live longer, but have unhealthy lifestyles.

Dr Ben Milton, chair of North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s important we all share responsibility for making decisions about how to respond to the challenges the NHS face, and to help do this we are proposing a set of principles to use when making decisions about healthcare in the future, and we would like everybody’s views.”

The meeting will take place at the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, from 6pm to 9pm. Questionnaires are also available by visiting or calling 01332 868732.