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Consultation – Aligning policies across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

This consultation closed on 21 December 2021

This consultation is about aligning policies across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

In 2021 the three former Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes merged to become one organisation.  Most of the existing policies for each area were very similar, however the three policies below had clear differences. In order to provide equal access to services we need to move to a single policy for each service.

The Case for Change document provides information so that you can understand the differences between the policies and give your views on our proposals:

  • Fertility Services – Make Fertility service available to a broader group of residents (including those with specific protected characteristics to whom the service was not previously available) to ensure equal access to the service. This will include a review of the number of cycles of In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) available.
  • Bringing all the three former CCG areas in regarding access to:
    • Milton Keynes Pharmacy First Minor Ailment Scheme (currently only available in Milton Keynes)
    • Gluten-Free Food Prescribing (currently only access to bread and flour and only available in Luton)

We want your views

We really want as many people as possible to share their views and help shape our policies so there is equal access to the services we commission, and that we are using the available budget in the most appropriate way to best meet the needs of the local population.

This consultation will run from Tuesday 12 October to midnight on Tuesday 21 December 2021.

To view the consultation documents, please visit our key documents and links page.

The consultation questionnaire can be found HERE

Any questions?

If you have any questions regarding our consultation on Aligning Policies across BLMK, you’re welcome to join one of our public engagement sessions.

You’ll need to register in advance for the ‘virtual’ (online) session so we can send you joining instructions.  The session will take place on MS Teams.

Please click on the link below to register your place at a virtual session.  

Places will be allocated on a first-come basis for the virtual (online) sessions.  The number of places will be limited in order to give everyone attending an opportunity to ask their questions.    If the sessions are over-subscribed, we’ll look to add additional dates.

Virtual meeting (online using MS Teams)

Drop-in session at Tokko Youth Space, Luton  (registration is not required)

  • Friday 19 November, 10:30 – 12 noon at Tokko Youth Space, 7 Gordon Street, Luton  LU1 2QP  (we’ll be in the multi-purpose room)

Please feel free to ‘drop-in’ anytime between 10:30 and 12noon to speak to a member of the program team.

To help keep everyone safe:

  • please do not attend if you or any member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms
  • we encourage everyone to wear a mask or face-covering and use hand-sanitiser
  • we ask everyone to be respectful of others by keeping your distance
  • we encourage anyone to take a rapid lateral flow test (LFT) before attending.  A lateral flow testing is a fast and simple way to  test people who do not have the symptoms of Covid-19, but who may still be spreading the virus