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New patients' forums are no substitute for community health councils, MPs say

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:121
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    A committee of MPs has called for community health councils to be given a seven month reprieve because of the confusion surrounding the new system of involving patients in the NHS.

    A report by the Commons health select committee called for the community health councils' period of operation to be extended from December 2003 until July 2004 after it cast doubt on how many of the new patient involvement bodies were in place.

    MPs said that none of the new bodies had the “overview, independence or direct means for patients to input into local …

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