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Health commissioners urge local people to have their say on procedure policies

People in Birmingham and Solihull are being invited to give their views on changes which will affect the availability of certain medical treatments and procedures.
Known as Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV), they include the removal of tonsils, cataracts surgery, cosmetic surgery, hip and knee surgery. These are generally treatments or procedures which are beneficial, but only in the right circumstances.
Two events are being held for local people to meet with representatives from Solihull, Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to give feedback on the proposed changes and help shape the final policies. 
Dr Geoff Naylor, Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s Clinical Contract Lead and local GP, said: “It’s crucial that patients in Solihull take part in these events next week so can weave their opinions and suggestions into our work. That way we can create policy that works for the very people who need these procedures. 
“We can only do this if the policies are right, which is why it’s so important that people attend these events.”
The events will take place on:
•Thursday 10 March, 4:30pm – 7.00pm at the Renewal Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull B91 2JR. Light refreshments will be provided.
•Wednesday 9 March, 6pm – 8.30pm at The Bond Centre, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE. Light refreshments will be provided.
An online survey is also available for people to provide feedback. This is available at http://tinyurl.com/plcv-views-survey  The survey is open until Monday 14 March.