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NHS Scrutiny

Health written question – answered on 4th March 2002.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what formal means councillors and committees of shire district councils will be involved in the scrutiny of bodies within the health service after 1 April.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State, Department of Health

The Health and Social Care Act 2001 gives new powers to local government overview and scrutiny committees to scrutinise the national health service. Local authorities with these new powers will be those with social services responsibilities: specifically county councils, unitary authorities and London borough councils.

We recognise the important role that district councils will play in ensuring effective scrutiny of local health services and will be encouraging through guidance the full involvement of district councils in the scrutiny process.

A consultation on the proposed arrangements is currently under way and we would encourage all local authorities to feed their views into this process.

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