HC Deb 24 March 1998 vol 309 c132W
28. Mr. Chidgey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Government's strategy for involving the public in planning local health services. [34396]

Mr. Milburn

Rebuilding confidence in the National Health Service as a public service that is accountable, open and shaped by public views is one of our essential tasks. "The New NHS" White Paper sets clear requirements for public accountability and involvement to be met locally in a variety of ways as implementation of the White Paper proceeds.