Published on:15 March 2017
An Enfield council Cabinet Member has called on Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to extend its consultation on what medical procedures should be offered to patients.
A senior Enfield councillor has called on Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to extend its consultation on what medical procedures should be offered to patients.
The CCG is in the process of reviewing which treatment will be offered for a range of health conditions with the final decision taken based on which types of procedures and medicines are most effective.
But Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, wants the CCG to extend the consultation it is holding on the subject by two months, until the end of May, to enable more people to take part in the survey.
Cllr Cazimoglu said: “We know the NHS has to use its resources wisely and secure the greatest impact it can by treating patients with the most effective type of procedures and medicines it can.
“We are fully supportive of their consultation and their desire to get people involved in this process but the timescales they are operating under are simply too short for there to be a meaningful consultation on what is a vitally important matter.
“Patients must be given the opportunity to have a proper say so that medical professionals can take their views into account.
“In its review the CCG will be deciding the best ways of treating a range of conditions.
"This could mean that popular but ineffective treatments are discontinued and it is therefore vitally important that patients and families, as well as the wider community have the opportunity to have their say on what treatments they think work and can influence the result of this consultation.”