Consultation responses

National Voices response to NHS England consultation: 'Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care'

This submission is in response to the NHS consultation on “Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care”. The consultations seeks views on a proposal to restrict primary care professionals (such as GPs) from prescribing 18 specific treatments used for a range of conditions. The consultation also asks for initial thoughts on plans to restrict primary care professionals from prescribing treatments which could otherwise be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Life Sciences Strategy and implementing the Accelerated Access Review


On Friday 17 March 2017, National Voices convened a meeting of patient advocacy groups involved in the development of the Accelerated Access Review, and/or with an interest in its implementation.

At that meeting it was agreed that National Voices would coordinate a joint paper to the Office for Life Sciences  summarising key themes for the implementation of the Accelerated Access Review and the forthcoming Life Sciences Strategy.

Submission to the Department of Health: Strengthening the NHS Constitution

On the whole, National Voices welcomes the proposed amendments to the content of the NHS Constitution.

However, there are a number of ways that the amendments could be strengthening further, to provide greater clarity in relation to key agendas upon which the Government has already expressed its support at policy level.

We are calling for:

Submission to CQC: Response to 'A New Start'

Patients, service users, their carers and families want care services which are safe, which do not breach standards and which are effectively monitored, inspected and regulated.

As Berwick’s recent report makes clear, service user involvement is indivisible from and indispensible to patient safety. Moreover, safety is not the only aspect of care services which is important to service users. There are longstanding demands for better coordinated, more personalised services which support service user involvement, empowerment and control.


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