May 10, 2001

For immediate release

Community Health Councils' reaction to

Government's announcement on CHCs

Following the government's surprise decision to drop the clauses in the Health and Social Care Bill abolishing Community Health Councils (CHCs) Donna Covey, Director of the Association of Community Health Councils (ACHCEW), commented:

'The proposed abolition of Community Health Councils has caused concern across the health community. We had hoped that the Lords amendment which enjoyed cross party support would have provided a sensible way of delivering the Government's reforms. However, the Government's announcement provides an opportunity for reflection on this controversial issue.'

'We look forward to working constructively with the next government to ensure that we get the best possible system for patients, building on the experience and track record of CHCs in delivering for local communities.'


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