Patients' Forums

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor seek guarantees from the Secretary of State for Health that the system of Patients' Forums in London will not be abolished without clear indication regarding both funding and powers of the replacement bodies (i.e. LINks)?


Answer for Patients' Forums

Answer for Patients' Forums

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I will seek assurances from Government that Patients' Forums will not be abolished without suitable and robust arrangements being in place for their replacement structures. I have previously urged DH and NHS officials to ensure adequate resources and support are provided to public and patient involvement structures and have raised my concerns about the negative impact of ongoing change to arrangements ' and will continue to do so. In my view, LINks must be adequately funded and given clear and significant powers if they are to be credible as an effective way for individuals and communities to engage with the NHS. I also consider it essential that they are both required and appropriately skilled and supported to be socially inclusive in their approach and to actively consider health inequalities in their ongoing work.