NHS in Gloucestershire to ‘pause’ public engagement programme following General Election announcement

Health leaders in Gloucestershire have ‘paused’ the current programme of public engagement Fit for the Future in response to the Government’s announcement that a General Election will be held on Thursday 12 December 2019.

The pause, which is in line with NHS England guidance in relation to a Pre-Election Period (PEP), also referred to as ‘purdah’, means that the Citizens’ Jury and Solutions Appraisal Exercise, both scheduled to be held in December, will be rescheduled. New dates for the events will be published in due course.

Health partners in Gloucestershire launched a public engagement programme in August to seek views on the future provision of urgent and specialist hospital care in Gloucestershire and would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views and ideas. All feedback received is being collated into a comprehensive Engagement Report and will be used to inform the development of potential solutions for future local NHS services.

The Pre-Election Period (PEP) is aimed at preserving impartiality across the civil/public service.