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Councillors voice concerns for Luton health services amid MKLB merger

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Councillors in Luton have let their worries about Luton health services be known ahead of a proposed CCG merger with Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire.

According to a Luton Today report, Challney councillor Tom Shaw told the scrutiny health and social care review group last week that the local authority’s preference was for a Luton CCG.

He said: “We seem to have moved on from there. When did that decision change? Why has it not gone back to the council?

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“And is it the health and well-being board trying to change that decision or is it officers? What you’re saying tonight goes against what the council has said already.”

While Limbury councillor Rob Roche, added: “Concerns have been mentioned here already about what we have locally. We are concerned that local focus will be lost.”

Commenting on the move specifically, Luton CCG’s chief operating officer, Nicky Poulain, detailed why it was happening.

She explained: “We absolutely heard the borough council would much prefer and just wants Luton CCG to remain. It’s NHS policy. It’s the creation of these integrated care systems. The decision is at a national level. Milton Keynes don’t feel different from Luton.

“Everyone would like it kept small. We can recognise there are some economies of scale, such as having one IT system. It’s not health and wellbeing boards or officers pushing this.”

Dr Nicola Smith will chair the merged CCG initially, according to the chief operating officer.

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