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07
Jun

Minister Statement on Department of Health


The Secretary of State for Health, Mr Andrew Lansley, has today delivered a Written Ministerial Statement on the NHS modernisation listening exercise to the House of Commons.

The statement reads:
On 6 April, the Government announced that it would take advantage of a natural break in the legislative process to pause, listen and reflect on the National Health Service modernisation plans and to make any necessary improvements to the Health and Social Care Bill. The NHS Future Forum, a group of 45 professionals from across health and social care, was established to help drive the engagement process. The eight-week intensive listening period came to its conclusion on 31 May.

 

In order to hear from as wide a range of people as possible throughout the pause, various methods of engagement were employed. Some 250 events were held and over 8000 people took part directly in providing their views. These meetings and events were attended by Ministers and NHS Future Forum members, and involved over 250 stakeholder organisations including patient groups, professional bodies and unions, voluntary sector groups and local authorities, as well as patients and members of the public. In addition, strategic health authorities across the country supported the listening exercise by encouraging staff, patients and communities to share their views both online and at their own regional events.

 

In addition to listening events, people were encouraged to air their comments and concerns through digital channels. The Modernisation of Health and Care website recorded over 2400 public posts alongside a further 970 privately submitted comments. Feedback was also received through in excess of 500 engagement questionnaires.

 

The NHS Future Forum is reflecting on what they have heard and will be reporting to the Government shortly. The Government will then respond setting out the improvements it intends to make to the modernisation plans and the Health and Social Care Bill. The Forum’s report will be placed in the Library.

 

[quote top=In a speech delivered by Prime Minister David Cameron today, he said]
We recognise that many people have had concerns about what we were doing. That’s why for the past two months, Andrew Lansley, Nick Clegg and I have been taking time to pause, listen, reflect on and improve our plans for NHS modernisation. This has been a genuine chance for people to get involved and make a difference. To have their voice heard and opinions known and to work together to strengthen the institution we all love and hold dear – our National Health Service.[/quote]

 

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