STRUCTURE: NHS chiefs in Lincolnshire have told patients that planned government reforms in the county will allow healthcare providers to be “more responsive” to their needs.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services is to become a foundation trust as part of the proposals and officials are launching a four-month public consultation - including an online document - to gauge reaction to the plans.

A total of 10 public meetings are set to be held on the shake-up, which LCHS chairman Dr Don White said would “enable us to be more flexible and responsive” to patients’ needs.

Dr White added: “We want our patients, carers, staff and the general public to respond to our plans for the future. The proposals set out a number of priorities to improve our services, the recruitment of members and governance arrangements - this is what we want your views on.

“Our patients won’t notice any obvious change in our services. Teams of nurses and therapists will continue to care for people at home and in the community.”