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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:8

Abolition of UK health councils attacked: The UK government has been urged to rethink its plans to scrap Community Health Councils, the independent bodies that represent patients. David Hinchliffe, chairman of the Commons' health select committee, said the alternatives proposed by ministers would not address the “democratic deficit” in the NHS.


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