Part 1: Introduction

Share your views on our plans to restrict access to sterilisation services in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES). 

We are proposing to stop funding male vasectomies and female sterilisations in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) in all but exceptional cases.

Vasectomies and sterilisations are both surgical procedures that provide long-term contraception.

We are making these proposals in the context of our financial challenges, which result from an unprecedented demand for services in B&NES and a changing, growing population.

In order to comply with our duty to live within our means and be able to continue to provide services to patients in urgent need, we have had to think about where we might make changes to services to save money.

Early in 2017 we stopped providing gluten-free foods on prescription for people with coeliac disease, and over-the-counter medicines for short-term ailments. We are also part of a consultation across the South West that is looking at who should be eligible for non-urgent patient transport.

The changes we have made so far have helped us strengthen our financial position, but we are still facing a possible deficit without taking further action. This has led us to consider restricting other non-urgent services.

Please read this information before filling in the survey. It gives more explanation about the reasons behind our proposals. 

Please fill in this survey to share your views on our proposals. Anything you tell us will be shared anonymously.

The closing date for filling in this survey is 31 January 2017. 

If you have any questions about this survey, please email

This survey can be made available in a range of languages, large print, Braille, or on CD/tape. To request an alternative format, please email or call 01225 831800.