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Local lobbying

Working with health scrutiny

01 August 2006
This briefing describes how the RCN can work with the local authority Health Scrutiny process to influence the local health economy; influence local politicians and establish new partnership working opportunities.

Overview and scrutiny of health is seen as an important part of the Government's commitment to place patients and the public at the centre of health services. It is the fundamental way by which democratically elected community leaders may voice the views of their local constituents and require local NHS bodies to listen and respond. In this way local authorities can assist to reduce health inequalities and promote and support health improvement.

If you have any comments or wish to contribute further, please email policy.international@rcn.org.uk