Have your say on procedure policies: Health commissioners urge local people

People in Birmingham and Solihull are being invited to give their views on changes which will affect the availability of certain medical treatments and procedures.
Known as Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV), they include the removal of tonsils, cataracts surgery, cosmetic surgery, hip and knee surgery. These are generally treatments or procedures which are beneficial, but only in the right circumstances.
Two events are being held for local people to meet with representatives from Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to give feedback on the proposed changes and help shape the final policies. 
Dr Waris Ahmad, a local GP involved in the project, explains: “We have developed a set of policies that are consistent across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country to end the variation in the availability of treatments between areas. We also need to make absolutely sure that we are prioritising medical treatments based on the latest clinical evidence, which demonstrates the benefits to patients.
“We hope local Birmingham and Solihull patients will attend the events to tell us what they think and to find out how the proposed changes may affect them, their family or friends now, or in the future.”
The events will take place on:
•Wednesday 9 March, 6pm – 8.30pm at The Bond Centre, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE. Light refreshments will be provided.
•Thursday 10 March, 4:30pm – 7.00pm at the Renewal Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull B91 2JR. Light refreshments will be provided.
An online survey is also available for people to provide feedback. This is available at  The survey is open until Monday 14 March.

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