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NHS Chief Executive praises local health system

Aldershot was in the national news on Friday, March 31, when the Chief Executive of NHS England came to town for a national press launch.

Simon Stevens was in the area to announce the next steps for the NHS, and he told assembled guests at Aldershot Centre for Health: “We’re here in Aldershot because you guys are getting it right.”

Mr Stevens and other leading figures from NHS England were promoting their latest plans for the NHS as part of the Five Year Forward View, including greater focus on A&E, cancer and for mental health services, particularly for children and young people.

After being introduced by Maggie MacIsaac, Chief Officer of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, Mr Stevens praised the work being done across North East Hampshire and Farnham. He singled out for praise GP Dr Gareth Robinson and Paramedic Practitioner Frank O’Connell, who are both working on the Yateley Urgent Care centre project.

He also commended the work of Ian Laidlaw, Frimley Health NHS Trust’s chief of cancer service, and Alex Greenway the Macmillan Cancer Strategy Implementation Manager for NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Peter Bibawy, the CCG’s Medical Director and a GP at Aldershot Centre for Health, added: “It is quite humbling, as a community-based service, to be recognised with this launch as historically they happen at hospitals or other institutions. That is a strong message.

“Simon Stevens told us were are getting things right, which is great news for local patients and for all those working extremely hard within health and care services to make the changes that we need to make.”

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