Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed representatives from the voluntary sector to share their views as part the listening exercise on NHS modernisation.
At the event, jointly hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, Mr Cameron said he wanted to see a “continued and greater involvement” of the voluntary and charitable sectors in the NHS.
The PM said:
I think your organisations, which are hugely trusted and understood by the public and by the users of your organisations, can help us to make the argument that change, that choice, that diversity, is not about privatisation, it’s about actually improving healthcare.
The Government is running the listening exercise to give people a chance to share their views on the proposed health reforms in person. There will also be events running in every part of the country during the next two months.
Membership of the NHS Future Forum, that will drive engagement in the listening exercise, was also announced today.
Chaired by Professor Steve Field, the group includes patient representatives, clinicians, health experts and representatives from the voluntary sector.
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