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  • Stanborough Centre Saint Albans Road Watford, England, WD25 9JZ United Kingdom (map)
Herts NHS announce public consultations on proposals for service changes


Hertfordshire NHS organisations announce public consultations on proposals for service changes

We are asking local people  their views on a series of proposals designed to make best use of the money available to the local NHS, while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses.  

These proposals are being made by NHS East and North Hertfordshire and NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). 

The consultations are being launched as Hertfordshire’s CCGs face a range of challenges. The number of people who need health service support is increasing and many people are living longer, often with complex conditions. National and local shortages of NHS staff mean that we have to make sure that doctors’, nurses’ and other specialists’ time is used wisely. We also need to encourage people to think carefully about their own wellbeing so that they live healthier lives, avoid preventable illnesses and have the very best chance of recovering well from surgery.  

These proposals are about:  

  • Tightening up existing rules so that people who smoke or whose weight is classified as ‘obese’ are required to make bigger improvements to their health before non-urgent surgery – unless a longer wait for surgery would be harmful
  • Reducing or stopping the availability of NHS- funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services
  • Limiting the routine prescription of medicines and products that can be bought without prescription, for short-term conditions and minor ailments
  • Restricting the prescribing of gluten-free foods
  • Stopping the routine funding for female sterilisation procedures
  • Stopping the routine funding of vasectomies (this proposal would only affect patients registered with a GP in the Herts Valleys CCG area – eg Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers and Watford).

 To find out more and to fill in the survey go  to ttp://

If you would like to attend a public meeting to hear more about these proposals the details are below. 

Monday 24 July

Monday 31 July

7 - 9pm


7 – 9 pm


Stanborough Centre, St Albans Road, Watford, WD25 9JZ


Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ


You would be welcome to come to either of these meetings but it would be useful to know how many people to expect so to book your place or for more information please email or ring 01442 898884.

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