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Community Health Councils

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to change the powers and composition of community health councils in order to make the National Health Service more democratic; and if he will make a statement.

The recent consultative paper on the structure and management of the NHS proposes the establishment of district health authorities, more closely in touch with the needs of their communities. The paper seeks views on whether community health councils should be retained when the proposed new authority structure has been implemented.