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Liberating the NHS: no decision about me without me - Government response

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:15

Liberating the NHS: no decision about me without me - Government response

This publication outlines the government's response to a consultation on proposals for greater patient involvement and choice. It outlines how patients will have a choice in provider when they are first referred to see a specialist in secondary care. It also outlines broader plans to increase patient involvement and patient choice.

Tags: NHS, HealthWatch, White Paper

MPs take Glenfield Hospital heart unit fight to House of Commons

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:37

MPs take Glenfield Hospital heart unit fight to House of Commons

There will a debate in the House of Commons on Monday 22nd October at 4.30pm - 7.30pm on the Glenfield Heart Unit and ECMO. The debate had been secured by Sir Edward Garnier MP for Harborough following the public online petition reaching the 100,000 signature threshold. Only 14 other online petitions have achieved this landmark!! Read More

Tags: Policy

The health and care system from April 2013

Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:25

The health and care system from April 2013

The department of health has released a diagram that gives an overview of the new health and care system from April 2013. It illustrates the statutory bodies that will make up the new system, oriented around people and communities and where they receive their local health and care services. The illustration of local health services is indicative of a range of familiar settings for health and care services and is not intended to be comprehensive – the range of services available and the way in which they are delivered will vary according to local priorities.

Find out more at http://healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/system-overview-diagram/

Tags: Policy, HealthWatch

Have a say on Healthwatch

Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:51

People are being urged to have their say on the creation of a new health watchdog for Leicestershire.

As you are aware, Healthwatch will be an independent body, able to voice the public's views on health and social care services in the area. Leicestershire County Council wants to hear the public's views, before it commissions a healthwatch group to start in April next year. It is consulting the public between August 1 and September 19th.

To find out how you can have your say, visit: www.leics.gov.uk/healthwatchleicestershireconsultation

Tags: HealthWatch

The Tilton on the Hill - Well Café

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 10:44

Leicestershire LINk will be hosting a "Well-Café" event at the Village Hall in Tilton on the Hill on Thursday 5th July, between 3pm and 8pm to find out what local residents in Tilton think about health services in this area.There will also be on-site FREE health checks, including blood pressure checks, as well as advice and recommendations for health improvement.

This event is part of the LINk Pathfinder work. The pathfinder provided an opportunity to evaluate and build on current LINk engagement activity. The vision was to enable a championing a voice for seldom heard groups and more importantly providing seldom heard groups with a voice to effect changes as needed in specific service areas. This area of work was developed further to focus on testing models of engagement with isolated rural communities.

The event is hosted by Leicestershire LINk and supported by:

  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Leicestershire Partnership Trust
  • East Leicestershire & Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, and
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Tags: Event

Health and Social Care Act 2012

Posted: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:05

The Government's controversial reforms to the NHS have now become law. The Health and Social Care Bill has gained Royal Assent to become the Health and Social Care Act (2012).

The core principles of the Act mean that doctors and nurses will be able to tailor services for their patients; more choice will be given to patients over how they are treated.

Read more about the Health and Social Care Act:
Department of Health
Parliament
The Kings Fund

Tags: Health and Social Care Bill, NHS, HealthWatch

HealthWatch - NEW Government proposals

Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:06

HealthWatch - NEW Government proposals

On Friday 2nd March the Department of Health announced new proposals for HealthWatch. They are to be debated by the House of Lords this week and assuming their approval HealthWatch Leicestershire will be established, by the County Council as a corporate body carrying out statutory functions, and there will be greater flexibility on how it is established. The County Council, in consultation with the LINk and the local community, will decide what HealthWatch Leicestershire should look like.

The Government has published 'Local Healthwatch: a stronger voice for people - the policy explained' which gives a lot more information.

We are looking forward to working with the County Council to make sure that HealthWatch Leicestershire really meets the aspirations of the LINk, and those of the people of Leicestershire when it is comes into being in April 2013. We will let you know more as the discussions develop.

Find out more

Geoff Smith, HealthWatch Lead, LINk Board

Tags: HealthWatch

The Health and Social Care Bill – Where are we?

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:06

Saima Khan, Policy Officer

Peers from the House of Lords will be meeting again on 8th February as the Bill progresses into the report stage. This is where changes to the Bill will be tabled and a detailed line by line examination of the Bill will take place. This could potentially last up until early March, which will then see the Bill move through to its third reading ( the final opportunity for the Lords to Debate and amend the Bill). We are now moving to our next phase of lobbying to ensure our views and concerns are heard in Parliament.

Read more about the Health and Social Care Bill

Tags: Health and Social Care Bill

“Carbon monoxide is a silent killer which leads to 50 deaths every year”

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:08

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the Government have published figures which show Carbon Monoxide Poisoning sends approximately 4,000 people to Accident and Emergency each year. Find out more about the symptoms and effects

Tags: Policy

Health and Social Care Bill: Under Scrutiny

Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:22

Saima Khan, Policy Officer

The House of Lords have now decided on two crucial amendments which would have resulted in the Health and Social Care Bill being delayed further or more so blocked entirely.

Peers voted 330 to 262 against an amendment which would have resulted in parts of the bill scrutinised in more detail at a special select committee. They also rejected Lord Rea's amendment to block the bill altogether. This was rejected by 354 votes to 220.

The Bill will now move to the committee stage and will be discussed in further detail on 25 October 2011.

Tags: Health and Social Care Bill

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