In 2013 the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was passed, which allowed an official shift in responsibility of who chooses and buys NHS healthcare for the public. The main change was that general practitioners (GPs) and other clinicians were given greater control over what health services were best for the people they look after.

Clinical Commissioning Groups, made up of local groups of general practice doctors can now take the lead, with the help and involvement of partners and the public, on what types of healthcare would benefit their communities.

The very first NHS Constitution was published, setting out what patients and the public can expect from the NHS and what the NHS should expect from the public. A new NHS structure was also developed with the intention improving the way health and social care services work with much greater emphasis on preventing illness and promoting healthy choices than ever before. 

We want to make sure that the right health services are available at the right place and the right time for people living in Medway. Our elected Governing Body made up of medical professionals and lay members make decisions guided by patient and public feedback. You valuable feedback can help shape these decision. Get involved with our public consultations, surveys or become part of a Patient Participation Group in Medway.