Just a couple of weeks ago, I was asking you to contribute your views on maternity services in the maternity consultation.
Well now, it turns out that there’s another consultation about the NHS, but it has been very poorly promoted, so much so that almost no-one has even heard of it.
It concerns the NHS mandate. Never heard of it? Neither had I. But “The mandate to NHS England sets the government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget.” It “sets direction for the NHS, and helps ensure the NHS is accountable to parliament and the public”. A fresh mandate has to be published every year “to ensure that NHS England’s objectives remain up to date”. So it sounds like something we should be concerned about!
For more information, here’s a Guardian article about it: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/19/nhs-mandate-england-consulation-deadline?CMP=fb_cif
Here’s the link to the mandate: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/mandate/mandate-to-nhs-england/supporting_documents/final_consultation_doc.pdf
and here’s the link to give your views. But do it quickly! The consultation ends on the 23rd November! https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/mandate/mandate-to-nhs-england