Ministers want local feedback

    Two cabinet ministers have written to councils and health bodies
    urging them to hold local consultations on the forthcoming health
    and social care white paper.

    Health secretary Patricia Hewitt and David Miliband, minister
    for communities and local government, said the outcomes of local
    consultations would “feed into development of policy for the white
    paper”.

    The Department of Health is holding several regional
    consultation events on the white paper and a national conference on
    29 October.

    The white paper is expected by the end of the year although the
    DH has announced no formal timetable for its publication.

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