A public meeting over the future of the NHS in the West Midlands will be held in Staffordshire tomorrow.
Shropshire and Stafford-shire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) is inviting the public to comment on proposals to reduce the number of SHAs, ambulance trusts and primary care trusts.
The Government has called for a reduction in the number of health organisations, so a single SHA covering the wider West Midlands may be established to replace the existing three in Shropshire and Staffordshire, Birmingham and the Black Country, and West Midlands South.
Plans for a similar merger to create a single ambulance trust for the region will also be discussed. Other proposals include two new PCT structures for Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Both options for a new PCT structure see no changes to Shropshire County Primary Care Trust (PCT) or to Telford and Wrekin PCT.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting at the Little Barrow Hotel in Lichfield, which will include a presentation on the proposals by a representative from Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA.
A panel of representatives from Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT, the Strategic Health Authority and Staffordshire Ambulance Service will be able to answer questions. The meeting starts at 7pm.
* Copies of the consultation documents can be obtained by writing to Commissioning a Patient-led NHS, West Midlands Consultation Office, PO Box 2675, Stafford, ST16 9BW. Alternatively call 0845 2577045, email@example.com or visit www.nhswest midlands.org.uk