Residents win control of £10,000 NHS budget

Control of thousands of pounds of NHS money has been handed over to residents of Hull in Yorkshire.

NHS Hull allocated £10,000 for the event on Saturday at which bidders were asked to come up with projects or investment opportunities which contribute to improvements in public health.

Groups including schools, community groups and social club representatives were to present. Residents attending the Your Voice, Your Choice event were able to vote for the pitch they liked the best.

Andrew Phair, north locality director for NHS Hull, said: ‘This event is a great way of bringing the community together and putting residents in charge of their own destiny.

‘As well as giving the people of Orchard Park and Greenwood the opportunity to support their favourite projects, it also offers them a taste of decision-making in the NHS, where there are many worthy causes and it isn't always easy to decide how money will be spent.'

Pitches included for a community allotment, dance sessions and a boxing club.

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