Public Involvement in Health in London

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you concerned that plans to abolish the pan-London statutory Patients' Forum for the London Ambulance Service will weaken patient and public involvement in health issues in London and in pan-London preventative health initiatives? What representations have you made to the Secretary of State for Health on this issue?


Answer for Public Involvement in Health in London

Answer for Public Involvement in Health in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am concerned that structures for public and patient involvement have been subject to so much change over recent years. This ongoing uncertainty must surely be taking its toll through loss of continuity, expertise and goodwill among those members of the public who commit themselves to working to improve NHS services. Community involvement is critical to the quality of our health services and community involvement initiatives must be properly resourced. I have responded to previous Department of Health consultations to emphasise these issues. I have not, however, made specific representation on the issue of the LAS Patient Forum.With the move to locality-based structures, the question of how the public are supported to take an active part in influencing London-wide services becomes more critical. I will continue to raise my concerns about public involvement in my contacts with the Department of Health and NHS colleagues, and will pay particular attention to the London-wide service providers.