Public consulted over Lincolnshire healthcare services

NHS bosses in Lincolnshire have launched a four-month public consultation over the future of community healthcare in the county.

Health managers said that as part of government NHS reforms, the Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) would become a foundation trust.

The chairman of LCHS said the move would "enable us to be more flexible and responsive" to patients' needs.

A series of 10 public meetings will be held across the county.

An online consultation document has also been made available for people to express their opinions.

Dr Don White, chairman for LCHS, said: "We want our patients, carers, staff and the general public to respond to our plans for the future.

"The proposals set out a number of priorities to improve our services, the recruitment of members and governance arrangements - this is what we want your views on.

"Our patients won't notice any obvious change in our services. Teams of nurses and therapists will continue to care for people at home and in the community."

The first public meeting will be held at The King's School, Grantham, on Monday at 18:30 GMT.

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