It seems there exist no separate website for the NHS Future Forum, but it is named and discussed on many other sites, as:
- on Government’s Department of Health DH: About the NHS Future Forum: The NHS Future Forum is a group of clinicians, patient representatives voluntary sector representatives and others from the health field, including frontline staff, that will oversee the NHS listening exercise. It will drive the process of engagement with staff, patients and communities over the coming weeks. The group will be chaired by Professor Steve Field, immediate past Chairman at the Royal College of GPs.
- The Forum’s first task will be to report to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health on what they have heard on the following four themes: … (full text about NHS Future Forum).
Download: Patient Involvement and Public Accountability, 27 pdf-pages, on GPonline, 13 June 2011.
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges responds to Future Forum report, by HSJ News Desk, 13 JUNE, 2011.
Gov. to unveil NHS bill changes, on channel 4 news, June 14, 2011.
Ten things you need to know today …
The Health and Social Care Bill was to be the biggest upheaval in the 63-year history of the NHS but the 16 key recommendations proposed by the Future Forum of experts will see many of the proposals watered down or ditched completely … (full text found only on Twitter).
Comment for this article on Twitter, by Martin Beckford, June 14, 2011:
- 1. In the original bill, there was no requirement for any of the new NHS organisations to focus on the values of the health service and patients’ rights as set out in the NHS Constitution. The Future Forum report says that GP-led commissioning consortia and the central NHS Commissioning Board should “actively promote” the NHS Constitution. The Liberal Democrats had wanted the constitution to be “upheld”.
- 2. One of the most contentious sections of the Bill abolished the duty of the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive health service in England. The new report says the Health Secretary must remain “ultimately accountable” for the NHS although freed from political interference at a local level … //
- … 5. Family doctors were seen as the basis of the new system and there was little reference to the knowledge or experience of hospital consultants or nurses, for instance. The experts say Clinical Senates should be set up, made up of a variety of health professionals, to advise local GPs. (full text comment Martin Beckford).