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Watchdog advises patients to fight for their rights

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6147
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The public should become “savvy consumers” rather than “grateful patients,” says Healthwatch England in its first report to parliament.

Healthwatch England was set up in April this year as part of the shake-up of the NHS introduced by the Health and Social Care Act. The national body heads up a network of 152 local patient bodies, with the aim of championing the needs of …

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