DoH cuts force charity closure

Health education charity Developing Patient Partnerships (DPP) is to close following a DoH decision not to provide funding beyond next month.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon said: 'The closure of DPP will be a huge loss to patient-focused health education. It has been a pioneer in encouraging professionals and patients to work together and in developing self help. The practice of healthcare is the better for the lessons it has taught. The NHS owes it a great deal.'

DPP was established in 1997 and will close on 31 August 2008.

Recent work included producing a booklet entitled 'Want To Lose Weight?' for surgeries to hand out to patients.

In 2006 the DPP revealed that the number of DNAs was rising and, according to 41 per cent of GPs, it could undermine practice-based commissioning. Eleven million GP appointments and five million nurse appointments were missed in the year to July 2006 in the UK, the DPP found.

The last DPP event will be a conference entitled 'Who is driving health education?' in London in June.

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