New consultation exercise on health white paper has not been inclusive enough, critics sayBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.925 (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:925
- Caroline White
Doctors' and patients' groups fear that the UK government's new style public consultation exercise on what the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, has called “health outside hospitals” has not been sufficiently inclusive. They also say that it will raise unrealistic expectations among staff and the public for service delivery and quality.
Views from the exercise, which the government has called “Your health, your care, your say,” will shape the white paper on improving primary care, community and social care services, which is due to be published in December.
Mrs Hewitt announced in June that she wanted to adopt a method of consultation that was different from the usual procedure of just …