The Welsh Government has published a White Paper that proposed the most radical change to the patient’s voice in the NHS in over 40 years. The proposals would introduce for the first time a body with a remit across health and social care. The proposals would see the end of long standing arrangements set up to place power in the hands of local people to monitor how their NHS services are working.
Mutale Merrill, Chair of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales said:
“These proposals would see the abolition of CHCs in Wales, along with some of their existing functions. The proposed new body would not have the right to visit NHS services to hear from patients first hand about their experiences and to represent their views directly to health bodies.
It is really important that people across Wales take the opportunity to look at the proposals and give their opinion on how their voice should be heard in future”.
You can read the proposals and respond to the Welsh Government's consultation: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/904/170628consultation-easy-readen.pdf