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New patients' organisations “are being set up to fail,” MPs are told

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:330
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The new bodies that will allow the public a say in how the NHS is run are “being set up to fail,” with a lack of resources, the head of the body that oversees patients' forums has said.

    The head of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health told MPs last week that the government's proposed new local involvement networks (LINks) will be fatally underfunded.

    The government proposes that LINks will replace the existing patients' forums; but instead of being concerned with a specific NHS body they will each cover a certain geographical area. Moreover, they will cover social as well as …

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