Schedule 15 - Local Healthwatch Organisations

Part of Health and Social Care (Re-Committed) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:51 pm on 14th July 2011.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health 3:51 pm, 14th July 2011

Amendment 231 requires regulations on local healthwatch membership to include a provision that places a duty on the person appointing members to act with a view to securing those who are representative of the local healthwatch area—an issue that we have discussed in an earlier clause stand part debate.

Amendment 232 requires local healthwatches, when making arrangements for certain persons for the exercise of their functions or for assistance in exercising their functions, to act with a view to ensuring, in as far as it is appropriate, that those persons taken together are representative of the area. In essence, these amendments are trying to address something that we were told about during the listening exercise and that the NHS Future Forum said that we needed to address, which is how we ensure that this organisation represents the breadth of views within the local community and the diverse characteristics that make up a community—whether it be carers, young people or otherwise.