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Patients need a real say in the NHS, not just to be ‘muppets’, says report

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:754
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. BMJ

    Appointing lay members to health decision making bodies does not ensure patients' views are represented, says a new report launched last week by the Kings Fund, an independent health care charity.

    Speaking at the launch, one disgruntled lay member of a primary care group said the only thing she was asked to do was buy the wine for the Christmas party.

    “Trusts are uncomfortable with lay involvement,” said Maria Duggan, lay member of West Harringay primary care group. “They are unwilling to accept the views of lay “muppets,” as we have been called.

    “Doctors also seem reluctant to work on an equal …

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