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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Scottish Health Council – a”toothless hamster”?


According to Holyrood magazine, the Scottish Health Council “had a torrid time in front of MSPs” at a Health and Sport committee meeting. The Council, which sits in Healthcare Improvement Scotland, was set up to improve the involvement of patients in decisions about services made by health boards. In practice this has meant deciding when such decisions are to be referred up to ministers as ‘major changes’. It has done that six times out of a possible 27. Committee convener Neil Findlay questioned the body’s independence and value for money. “Our role is not to campaign on behalf of local groups,” the Health Council told MSPs.


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