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New body aims to give public a bigger voice in shaping health care

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:424
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    Doctors and professional bodies should expect a “challenging relationship” with a new patients' watchdog body whose goal is to make the NHS in England more accountable to and more reflective of the needs of the public.

    Speaking last week at the launch of the new Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, which takes over from the now defunct community health councils, its chairwoman, Sharon Grant, warned that doctors and managers must take heed of patients' power. She said the NHS, which was “designed for a paternalistic society 50 years ago,” needs to change.

    “There has to be a new dialogue between the NHS and its users. The survival …

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