Report ‘Local healthcare commissioning: grassroots involvement?’ reveals that patients feel commissioning is not working effectively.
Of 226 patient organisations which volunteered to be interviewed, 48% reported any involvement with commissioning, 22% had received no encouragement to be involved and 70% reported no benefits of commissioning.
The report identifies specialist nurses as the best placed healthcare professionals to make the commissioning process a success.
Janet Davies, RCN executive director of nursing and service delivery, said: ‘This is yet another example of how important specialist nurses are to the future of the health service, in terms of getting patients involved in local health decisions and delivering a health service fit for the 21st century.’
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