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Patients to get a greater say in England's health care

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:70
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    New legislation giving patients and the public in England a greater say in decision making and consultation about local health services came into force at the beginning of the year.

    The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, which started work on 6 January, will “champion and promote” the involvement of the public in decisions about local health services.

    The commission's task will be to get as many people as possible to participate in local decision making. Its remit will include training people in skills that will ensure their voices are heard and encouraging Patients Forums (due to replace Community Health Councils) …

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