Your chance to speak out on changes to the NHS
Posted Thursday 21 April 2011
Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer met with David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Andrew Lansley and other voluntary sector representatives last week to discuss the Government’s 'pause' in reforming the health system.
Earlier this year, before the ‘pause’, we asked you to share your views on some of the changes proposed for health, social care and public health, which many of you did. A huge thank you to all those who filled out our online surveys or came to our focus groups on the proposals. We pulled together your opinions and experiences in a series of consultations to the Government on each area: health, social care and public health. Read a summary of our recommendations (you can download Mind’s consultation responses in full from this page).
Now this is an even greater chance to get your voice heard. Paul Farmer has been asked to be a member of the NHS Future Forums group: the collection of people overseeing the Government's 'listening exercise'. The Future Forum group is responsible for discussing the changes with NHS staff, patients and communities and passing their comments and concerns directly to the Prime Minister.
Mind represented people with direct experience of mental distress when we responded to the Government’s consultations, but this process was focussed on the technical detail of the proposals. Now we have an opportunity to really voice your concerns about the health reforms as a whole; this is a chance for the Government to listen to the views of patients and service users, not just those of health professionals, around changes you'd like to see in the NHS and how healthcare services could be more responsive to patients’ voices.
If passed as it stands, the current Health and Social Care Bill will make the biggest changes to the health system since the creation of the NHS in 1948. This is a crucial time to have your say. Tell us what you think: answer our short online survey or attend a focus group. Your views are essential to ensuring Mind argues for changes based on evidence from people with mental health problems.
Fill in our survey
Mind's short online survey consists of 16 questions and is entirely anonymous. It will close on 13 May 2011.
The first eight questions are open to anyone who has ever used a health service; the second eight are specifically for those with experience of mental distress. If you are only able to complete the first half of the survey, we’d still really welcome your views. > Take the survey
Want to help us more?
We are also looking to have telephone conversations (30-45 minutes) with individuals who have experience of mental distress about their views on the reforms, particularly on:
- GPs commissioning mental health services
- service users designing what mental health services look like
- your experience of trying to access different services
Nisha Makan, Mind Policy and Campaigns Officer
Commenting is now closed.