|Sir George condemns loss of support for health forums
8 Apr 2005
“I was shocked to get a letter from the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, telling me that a trust that was providing forum support for the Mid Hampshire PCT and Winchester NHS Trust Forums has gone into liquidation."
"These Patient and Public Involvement Forums were a key part of the Labour Government’s NHS reforms, and were meant to replace the excellent Community Health Councils which the Government abolished. We now hear that the organisation providing forum support has gone into liquidation, which will undermine the effectiveness of these forums."
"This shows the wide gap between the rhetoric from Westminster, and the reality here on the ground, when it comes to the Government’s performance on health. Without proper resources, the input from patients and the public will be undermined - at a time when important changes are proposed and potential cutbacks in services made."