Patients want non-GPs to be able to lead consortia

GP consortia should have a proportion of lay leaders and a statutory duty to involve patients in their decisions, patient groups have said.

Mr Burstow: the social care minister heard patient groups' views (Photograph: Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Press Office)
Mr Burstow: the social care minister heard patient groups' views (Photograph: Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Press Office)

Delegates at a conference run by National Voices, a coalition of health and social care charities, also called for more detail on how planned NHS reforms would ensure 'more integrated care with less money'.

Patients added that it was vital for GP consortia to deliver full support to those with rare conditions.

The groups put their proposals to social care minister Paul Burstow, who attended the conference.

National Voices chief executive Jeremy Taylor said: 'Our members are calling for greater power and control for patients and citizens at all levels of health and social care.

'Sharing power should be a matter of professional pride for doctors and nurses.'

Mr Taylor said National Voices wanted to help write a revised version of the Hippocratic oath to include a duty to involve patients in decisions.

The groups also called for better enforcement of existing equalities legislation. Speakers called for improved services for 'chronically excluded groups' such as travellers, sex workers and asylum seekers.

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