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National Patient and Public Involvement Director

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to replace the National Patient and Public Involvement Director. (150272)

Following Harry Cayton’s appointment as chief executive of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, the Department will be appointing a new Director for Patients and the Public in the autumn. The Department is taking this opportunity to review the role in light of wider changes within the Department and, in particular, how the new director can drive forward increased patient and public involvement in local services.

Harry Cayton has held the post of National Director for Patients and the Public since 2002. This has been a time of significant impact and achievement. He has accepted the Secretary of State's invitation to chair the National Information Governance Board until October 2008.