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Reform of NHS patients' forums unnecessary and unproved, MPs say

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39195.340347.DB (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:869
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    A bill going through the UK parliament that abolishes patients' forums and replaces them with larger bodies has been criticised by MPs. They say evidence is lacking of any benefit and that the bill risks losing the patient volunteers who have brought about valuable changes in the health service over the past three years.

    The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill proposes establishing Local Involvement Networks (LINks) in the place of patients' forums, 400 of which have been established in England since December 2003.

    The new bodies will cover social care as well as health and are intended to attract a wider and more …

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