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    For all of its many strengths the NHS has one enduring weakness – it lacks robust local public and patient engagement (PPE). In better times, when people felt the nationally run service was adequately meeting needs, this may not seem to have mattered that much. However now that the NHS and Social Care Act is attempting to palm responsibility for tough decision-making onto local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) the democratic fault lines are being exposed. It is the right time to ask – can we democratise the NHS? Public and patient engagement (PPE) in the NHS has been weak ever […]
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