NHS: Consultation

House of Lords written question – answered at on 19 December 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Michie of Gallanach Baroness Michie of Gallanach Liberal Democrat

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Regarding the consultation process on the White Paper Your Health, Your Care, Your Say, how they consulted representative groups, such as those with long-term medical conditions; and whether the short timescales given for bottom-up consultation could inhibit opportunities for engagement.

Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (NHS Delivery)

We worked closely with the voluntary sector supporting them in organising consultation events to reach representatives from several seldom heard groups, including people with long-term conditions. People from seldom heard groups also attended the local and regional consultation events and the national citizens' summit. 626 people with long-term medical conditions took part in local deliberative consultation events, 96 people with long-term conditions attended the regional consultation events and 380 people with long-term conditions were present among the 1,000 people who attended the citizens' summit in October at Birmingham.

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