Councillors from Norfolk and Suffolk will be brought together next week to discuss the radical shake-up of a mental health trust.

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The newly formed Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Scrutiny Committee will meet for the first time on Monday to discuss the changes taking place at the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. The NHS trust is planning to shed 500 jobs under a reform of services, which is aimed to reduce its budget by 20pc over the next four years. The meeting follows the end of a three month consultation.

The Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) and Suffolk Health Scrutiny Committee (HSC) have established the temporary joint scrutiny committee because the strategy up until 2016 affects patients and staff in both counties.

Councillors will scrutinise whether the changes are in the interests of the health service in Norfolk and Suffolk and the impact of the proposals on patient and carer experience. They will assess the quality of the clinical evidence underlying the proposals and whether they are financially sustainable.

The committee will also consider and comment on the extent to which patients and the public have been consulted on the proposals, and the extent to which their views have been taken into account.

The meeting of the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Scrutiny Committee will be held on February 11 at 2pm in the Edwards Room at County Hall in Norwich and is open to members of the public.

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