New patients’ forums will lack any real clout, says BMA

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:635
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The new system in England to represent patients’ and public opinion on health and social care is poorly resourced, insufficiently independent, and unlikely to be able to exercise any real clout, claims the BMA.

In the second of its reports on the future of the NHS in England the BMA raises several concerns about local involvement networks (LINKs), which will replace patient and public involvement forums next month.

The new networks will enable commissioners, regulators, and local authorities’ overview and scrutiny committees to gauge public opinion on health and …

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