Patients should help design their own care

Patients need to be more closely involved with the design of care pathways, Asthma UK has said.

Submitting evidence to the House of Commons public bill committee, the charity said patient involvement needed to become a priority.

'For "no decision about me without me" to become a reality, there must be clearer responsibilities to involve patients,' it said.

Asthma UK would also like to see the public, as well as patients, more involved in commissioning and for accountability to be strengthened.

'The NHS Commissioning Board and GP consortia should meaningfully involve the public in the commissioning process,' the charity said.

'It is vital that scrutiny of local health services is independent, accessible and democratically legitimate.'

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