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NHS: Public Consultation

Health written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Chair, Transport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the effectiveness of local involvement networks; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The legal duty to ensure local involvement network (LINk) activities are carried on rests with local authorities. It is their responsibility to make sure that the contract with the host organisation provides that the support given to the LINk ensures the LINk is as effective as possible.

Each year LINks must produce an annual report setting out what they have achieved, the activities they have undertaken, the money they have spent on their activities and the impact they have had. Reports have to be completed by 30 June and must be made publicly available. Copies have to be sent to the Department and these will be analysed to see what, if any, additional national support would be appropriate.

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