National Voices, the health and social care charity coalition, has recruited a new chair and treasurer who will take up their appointments on Wednesday 26 March.
The new chair, Hilary Newiss, is a former lawyer with long experience in the fields of medicine, ethics and science. She serves on the board of the Francis Crick Institute and the appeals committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She is a former member of the National Information Governance Board.
The new treasurer, Jean Appleyard, is an accountant with broad financial management and operational experience gained primarily in the finance sector.
National Voices and partners are working to develop four new branches of the Narrative for Person-Centred Coordinated Care. We are currently seeking comments on two draft documents: the first showing how coordinated care could look for people with continuing mental health needs, and the second expressing the perspectives of people nearing the end of life.
National Voices, the health and social care charity coalition, is raising several important concerns about Government plans to expand NHS charging to migrants.
While National Voices is pleased that plans to charge for GP consultations have been dropped, many concerns remain. These are set out below, they include the further undermining of the NHS principle - that healthcare is free at the point of use, and the risk of causing delays to treatment. The charity also flags concerns over the way the changes are being implemented and the lack of clear evidence of cost effectiveness and viability of the plans.
Jacqui Stevenson, Acting Chief Executive of the African Health Policy Network (AHPN), a National Voices member, says: