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NHS PLAN REACTION: 'HEALTH BUREAUCRATS TO BE HELD TO ACCOUNT'

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Councils have welcomed the proposal in the government's NHS Plan that will enable council scrutiny committees to ho...
Councils have welcomed the proposal in the government's NHS Plan that will enable council scrutiny committees to hold the chief executives of health trusts to account in public. The proposal is that chief executives will be required to attend the all-party scrutiny committees of their local councils to answer questions on the performance or policy of the trust at least twice a year.

'This is an important step forward which will allow local people a direct mechanism for holding health trusts to account,' says Vince Muspratt, leader of Watford Council and chair of the Local Government Information Unit which represents 160 local authorities throughout the country. 'It will give councils real power in supporting local people holding their health trusts to account, and should help make a real improvement in standards of health and social care.'

Muspratt also welcomed the government's return to cottage hospitals. 'For years, councils across the country have been fighting the corner for cottage hospitals that are able to offer an intermediate form of care between hospital and home. It is welcome to see that this concern has been recognised by the minister and proves the contribution that local councils can make to the health agenda.'
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