NHS: Public Participation

Health written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Alan Meale Alan Meale Labour, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) if he will make provision for a financial loss allowance for members of local involvement networks;

(2) if he will take steps to ensure local involvement network (LINk) members are paid expenses by the host organisation when they undertake activities on behalf of a LINk.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

It is for each local involvement network (LINk) to determine its own policy regarding payment and reimbursement, including the payment of allowances and expenses. We have reminded LINks, and host organisations, that the Department's "Reward and Recognition: The principles and practice of service user payment and reimbursement in health and social care" document provides a useful guide on these matters. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.

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