03/08/2011

Lansley Champions A Stronger Voice For Patients

Patients will today have a stronger voice under plans set out by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley.

75 Local HealthWatch pathfinders, introduced as part of the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS, were announced today. These new learning networks will champion patients’ views and experiences, promote the integration of local services and improve choice for patients through advice and access to information.

Local HealthWatch will provide a collective voice for patients and carers, and advise the new Clinical Commissioning Groups on the shape of local services to ensure they are informed by the views of the local community.

Visiting a new HealthWatch pathfinder in Cambridgeshire, Andrew Lansley said: “Putting patients and the public at the very heart of the health service is central to our vision of modernising the NHS and today is a huge step forward.

“Local HealthWatch will give patients and carers a real say over how their local health service is run. They will act as patient champions, drive local involvement in the community and ensure patients understand the choices available to them.”

The 75 Local HealthWatch pathfinders established today will pioneer plans ahead of their full establishment across the country in October 2012.

(BMcN)

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