Sunday, 24 April 2011

HealthWatch progress update

It appears that the launch of HealthWatch and HealthWatch England will now take place “no earlier than July 2012”.

Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS, issued a letter to his colleagues yesterday which read:

"Because of the pause in the legislative process and...subject to the results of the listening exercise and the passage of the Bill, all of the statutory changes which were due to take place in April 2012 will take place no earlier than July 2012."

The ‘listening exercise’ was launched on 6 April during the natural break in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill. For details of the 'listening exercise', visit the Department of Health's Working together for a stronger NHS webpage.

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