promises – where's the detail?
Chair of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement
in Health warned the Government today not to leave the
public behind in its efforts to improve the NHS.
comments came as today's Health and Social Care White
Paper omitted mentioning any details for reforming NHS
accountability to the public.
Grant, Chair of the Commission said
welcome much of the general direction of the White Paper,
including the aspirations about involving the public
in health, but the White Paper provides little indication
as to how this will be achieved. There will be disappointment
at the failure to provide clarity today.
is not a Cinderella issue. Huge changes are afoot in
the NHS, the public service people value most highly. It
is inconceivable that such a major shake-up in healthcare
should be forging ahead without a robust system to ensure
accountability to patients and communities.
White Paper is entitled "Our Health, Our Care,
Our Say". It is ironic therefore that there
is so little about how the "say" is going
is a great deal of work to be done to turn these aspirations
into workable plans. It is now urgent that the Department
of Health sits down with the Commission, Forum members
and others to make sure that Choice is accompanied by
real Voice - without further delay.
Oliver, Chair St Mary's PPI Forum said
think it is time we stood back for a second and reflect
on the good work of PPI Forums across the country. If
the Government think it is necessary to change things
again, decisions should be made sooner rather than later.”
Jacobs, Chelmsford PPI Forum said
have been uncertain about the future of patient of public
involvement for some time. The Government indicates it
wants to strengthen public involvement in the UK
; however they should be now giving a clear indication
of exactly how this will happen.”
Parker – North Cumbria Acute Hospital NHS Trust PPI
report appears to be heavy on promise and low on performance.
has general vague promises without specifics. More detail
is needed on what happens next.”
For more details, please call the Commission for Patient
and Public Involvement in Health, tel: 077932
45097 or 0845 1207111.
PPI Forums began operation in December 2003 after almost
5,000 volunteers were recruited to the 572 Patient and
Public Involvement Forums. There is a Forum for every
NHS Trust, Primary Care Trust, and Foundation Trust
Forums gather views about health services and make recommendations,
influencing NHS services. They monitor the quality of
local services, and look at how wider issues such as
social care, transport or housing affect health.
The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in
Health is an independent, non-departmental public body,
sponsored by the Department of Health. Its remit is
to ensure that the public is involved in decision making
about health and health services. The Commission has
its National Centre in Birmingham with nine Regional
Centres across England.
The Government originally announced the abolition of
the CPPIH and changes to the support for PPI Forums
in July 2004. In August 2005 the Government changed
these plans, postponing the abolition of the CPPIH and
promising a strategic review with results to be published
i n this White Paper.
The Commission and the 5,000
Forum members currently await guidance on their future.
Disappointingly there is still no detail on how the
Government plans to build on the substantial work being
done by these 5000 public volunteers to achieve this
vital, strengthened public voice.
Details of the CPPIH's work are on our website www.cppih.org