Health chief will answer community’s questions on future of the NHS

Janet Probert, chief officer, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

By Betsy Everett

Janet Probert, chief officer of the organisation that plans and commissions health services across the region, will face questions from the public at a meeting in Askrigg in October.

She will talk about the problems that face the NHS, and the prospects for its future, at a special meeting chaired by political economist, Hugo Radice.

Vanda Hearn, organiser of Learning Curve, the adult education group based Askrigg, which will host the event, urged people to attend.
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Political economist, Hugo Radice, will chair the session

“We are delighted to have this unique opportunity to ask Janet direct questions about all aspects of health that worry us so much, particularly in our relatively isolated communities,” said Vanda.

“We are fearful of losing our local hospital, which itself is 30 miles away, and we face problems that people in urban areas can only imagine. We would like to see as many people as possible attend this vital meeting which we are proud to host here in Askrigg as part of our Learning Curve project.”

Janet Probert of the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group, will provide an introduction to how the NHS works, and the role of the CCGs, before taking questions from the audience.

Hugo Radice, former head of school at Leeds University’s department of politics and international studies, will chair the event on Thursday, October 12, at 7.30pm at the Wensleydale Sport and Leisure Centre in Askrigg. The session is free and questions on any aspect of the health service can be asked on the night, or by contacting Hugo in advance by emailing, or by calling him on 01969-650971.

Any queries about the evening itself or the Learning Curve courses please call Jan Hale on 01969 650060 or email

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