HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 c1197W
Tom Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reviews of(a) professional executive committees (PECs) and (b) the role patients' forum representatives play on PECs has been conducted by the Government. [171349]

Ms Rosie Winterton

There has been no national review of the role of patients' forums and professional executive committees (PECs).

Primary care trusts (PCTs) have developed their PEC membership in many diverse ways to reflect and meet the needs of their local health community.

Forums are encouraged by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health to work closely with PCTs, their boards and professional executive committees to enable them to carry out their functions.