Health services on the agenda

PEOPLE in the High Peak are being urged to have their say on the future of health services in the area.

A public meeting is taking place in Buxton on Thursday, as part of a consultation by Derbyshire’s health organisations.

No consultation meeting was initially planned for the High Peak but public pressure forced health bosses into a u-turn, as reported in the Buxton Advertiser last month.

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

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: “We look forward to hearing the views of people in the High Peak at the meeting in Buxton.

“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 health care in the future, and we would like everybody’s views.

“We want as many people as possible to have their say as the principles once agreed will be used to inform future service developments across Derbyshire and Derby City.”

The meeting will take place at the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton from 6pm to 9pm.

A questionnaire is also available online or by post. Visit or call 01332 868732 for your copy.