Locals meet with doctors at annual CCG meeting in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 September 2015

Dr Zuhair Zarifa gives presentation during Newham's annual CCG meeting held in Stratford on Tuesday

Dr Zuhair Zarifa gives presentation during Newham's annual CCG meeting held in Stratford on Tuesday


Members of the public engaged with doctors and healthcare specialists during Newham’s annual Clinical Commissioning Group meeting on Tuesday.

Around 150 people attended the meeting at the East Twenty Bar & Kitchen, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to hear about the progress Newham CCG has made in the last year and to find out more about their projects for the future.

Principal topics of discussion included diabetes care for young people and personal health budgets.

Board members of the CCG also gave information on their plans to tackle high rates of Tuberculosis (TB) by targeting treatment to those who are diagnosed with latent TB - a less aggressive form of the illness that carries no symptoms and is non-infectious but can lead to active TB.

Newham currently has the worst rates of TB in the capital with 107 cases per 100,000 people.

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, NHS Newham CCG chair, said: “It was excellent that so many local people came and engaged in last night’s discussions. Working alongside residents, community groups and our partners in health and social care, we are listening to what local people say and using this to improve services for people in Newham.

“Diabetes care for young people, personal health budgets and our work on children and maternity services are just some of the examples we discussed at our annual general meeting.”

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