HC Deb 27 February 2003 vol 400 c698W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is a requirement for NHS hospitals to employ an independent patient care adviser to advise patients on the Heart Choice Scheme. [97309]

Ms Blears

All trusts engaging in cardiac surgery and cardiac tertiary centres are now required under the patient choice initiative to employ a patient care adviser, who is accountable at the local level to the head of the parent trust's patient advice and liaison service.

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