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Patient/Public Involvement (Health)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) the new bodies that replace patient and public involvement in health forums have sufficient resources and powers to enable them properly to discharge their functions and (b) there is a smooth and rapid transition to the new bodies to minimise the risk of losing existing expertise. (72743)

The expert panel, which was established to recommend measures to deliver a stronger voice for patients, services users and the public at all levels in the health and social care system, recently reported its recommendations to ministers in the Department. Ministers are considering the recommendations and will announce the Department's decision on the future structures for patient and public involvement shortly.