Any future model of public patient involvement must have political teeth and a meaningful voice at a local and national level. Success will depend upon partnerships between patients, carers, communities, practitioners and other health service staff. NHS staff themselves are users of public services and should continue to play an active role in the development of democracy in public services. The RCN believes that the introduction of a statutory duty of public participation for providers, commissioners and regulators would stimulate participation by a wide range of stakeholders.
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