HC Deb 12 May 1992 vol 207 cc81-2W
19. Ms. Janet Anderson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to increase patient involvement in decisions on future patterns of health care.

Mr. Sackville

We published a paper entitled "Local Voices" in January this year with practical guidance to health authorities about ways for involving local people in shaping health services and have written to health authority chairmen to reinforce the important role of community health councils in representing patients' interests. The patients' charter, which sets out clearly people's rights under the National Health Service, reinforces the onus on health authorities to be responsive to patient's views.