Community Health Council


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Community Health Council

An independent statutory NHS body (UK) meant to represent the interests and views of patients, carers and the public. Community Health Councils were phased out and replaced by Patient Advisory and Liaison Services.
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The community health council in North Wales decided not to refer the transfer of neo-natal care for babies to Arrowe Park, Wirral, to the minister despite widespread opposition.
IN 2010, Community Health Councils were reorganised from 22 existing councils into seven new bodies to give patients a clear, represented voice.
Community health councils in north east Wales rejected plans for a major hospital services revamp "as it currently stands".
Chairman Rosemarie Tonkinson said the extension could have been handled better but it was clear the government had taken on board concerns about a gap between community health councils going and successor bodies, patient forums, being set up.
Mrs Pauline Davis, chairwoman of the community health council, told a packed meeting at Kidderminster Town Hall that, although the health authority had offered a compromise, it was not a great deal different to before.
I believe that the community health council has behaved contrary to public opinion and also to their own plans.
The region's five community health councils said only about 500 public responses were received from a population of 650, 000.
Rosemarie Tonkinson, chairman of Coventry Community Health Council, said the extension came pretty much "out of the blue" and could have been handled better.
Community Health Council chairman Mrs Pauline Davies said: "We don't support the downgrading of Kidderminster General Hospital and the loss of inpatient services.
Mr Gruffydd (below) said: "Isn't it astounding that the Betsi Cadwaladr health board are actually implementing its proposed changes before the Community Health Council has given its formal response?
Referring to the pounds 200 million proposal to rebuild the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals, Mr Stoten said: "The degree of opposition in the south of the city from the community health council, leading politicians such as Lord Howell, from some of the media and trade unions is such that getting acceptance of the capital proposal will be very difficult indeed.
If you prefer not to raise concerns or complaints directly with the staff involved, all staff should know who is responsible for complaint handling in their organisation and be able to signpost to the appropriate person or to the Complaints Advocacy Service run by the local Community Health Council.

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