Headlines: November 8th, 1999

The Department of Health is to review how it can better support the fledgling level of consultation being introduced in primary care.Health Minister John Denham has told the NHS Alliance that the Department of Health will look at its work programmes on patient and public involvement and provide better targeted support to front-line clinicians as they involve the public in the delivery of local services.

He said that the Department needed to back up the first National Survey of Patients with some basic skills provision for those making patient and public involvement a reality.

The review is intended to lead to better-targeted resources from the Department.