News from National Voices

Charity coalition National Voices is celebrating a government amendment to the Health & Social Care Bill which will clarify the meaning of patient and service user involvement.

Don Redding, National Voices’ Director of Policy, says: “This amendment is good news for patients and service users. We are pleased that the government has responded to our members’ concerns, after a year of campaigning. This wording will send a clear signal to commissioners that they must ensure, in all their commissioning, that people are engaged in their individual care and treatment. The National Commissioning Board must now produce further guidance on how to do so.”

The government has accepted the recommendations of the NHS Future Forum 2.
Jeremy Taylor, National Voices’ CEO & Future Forum workstream co-chair, says:

“This is a good outcome. If implemented in full these...