The Department of Health has published its official response to the public consultation on the membership regulations for Healthwatch England that took place earlier this year.
The consultation looked at areas such as the
- number of members
- suitability of membership
- the process for appointing
- period of time for appointment
This response has informed the statutory instrument (regulations) being laid today in Parliament, with the explanatory memorandum.
Read the Healthwatch England Regulations: Response to Consultation (PDF, 176K)
Healthwatch will be the new consumer champion for both health and social care. It will exist in two distinct forms – local Healthwatch, at local level, and Healthwatch England, at national level.
Healthwatch England will be a national body that enables the collective views of the people who use NHS and social care services to influence national policy, advice and guidance. It provide leadership, guidance and support to local Healthwatch organisations.