Why we are consulting

Why are we consulting?

We believe that our proposals will provide the best possible outcomes for local people and help to ensure we have better, high quality and sustainable care, closer to home now and in the future.

By law, the NHS must involve the public and local organisations when developing services or considering big changes to the way they are provided. This legal duty is found in the NHS Act 2006, which was amended in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Asking local people for their views is an important part of how we make decisions about local health and care services. Your views matter and will be considered alongside clinical, financial and practical factors.

Our Consultation Mandate outlines how we will consult. The results of public consultation do not represent a vote or a referendum over any proposals for change.

Why do services need to change?

The health and care system in Northern Staffordshire faces many challenges: for example, the impact of people living longer with more conditions like diabetes and the impact of poverty and deprivation on our local population’s health.

To meet these challenges, we need to change the way we deliver services, so we can continue to provide the best possible care to meet the health needs of local people within our limited budget.

You can read more in our consultation document and Pre-Consultation Business Case about the challenges we face locally or watch our video below where Mark Seaton, Managing Director of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs talks about why we need change.