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Paper 8A - 28 September 2001Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

28 September 2001

INVOLVING PATIENTS AND THE PUBLIC IN HEALTHCARE

Report by the Policy Manager

1. The enclosed discussion document - "Involving Patients and the Public in Healthcare" - has been published for consultation. It sets out the Government’s plan to replace the Community Health Councils (CHCs) with:

* Patients’ Forums

* Bodies called "Voice" - A "Voice" for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is proposed, possibly to be located with a "host" local authority which would employ "Voice" staff.

2. This discussion document gives only broad outlines of the new system. Local authorities will have new powers for their overview/scrutiny arrangements to scrutinise the NHS. Paragraph 4.4 of the discussion document presages a formal consultation process to take place in time for the new powers to come into effect "next year". It will be vital for all 15 local authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to co-operate closely with the new Strategic Health Authority and Primary Care Trusts in these arrangements.

3. The Chief Executives’ Group hopes to prepare a broad response to this initial discussion document (by the 12 October deadline) - a response which can be supported by all Hampshire and Isle of Wight local authorities. Members’ initial reactions to the proposals at this meeting will form a starting point for preparing a joint response.

NICK GOULDER
Policy Manager

Date: 19 September 2001
Annex: Link to discussion document 
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

Last update: 20/09/2001
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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