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Abolition Of Representative Health Councils

EDM number 479 in 1990-91, proposed by Nigel Griffiths on 14/02/1991.

That this House condemns the decision of the Secretary of State for Scotland to instruct health boards to make health council staff redundant and to replace the existing representative health councils with health board appointees; notes the valuable work carried out in the past by independent local health councils on behalf of patients and users of the health service; deeply regrets that his health boards are to appoint all members of the health councils responsible for pursuing complaints against health boards and for monitoring the boards' activities; views with concern the decision of the Secretary of State to abandon the present policy of ensuring that health council members are drawn from groups representing patients and health service users; deplores his new policy of having his own health board appointees shortlist and appoint the members of his new health councils; deplores the Government's plans to centralise local health councils into larger units, more remote from health service users; and calls upon the Secretary of State to abandon his plans to to establish properly representative health councils to watch over the affairs of health boards.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Nigel Griffiths14/02/1991Edinburgh SouthProposed
Lewis Moonie14/02/1991KirkcaldySigned
Alistair Darling14/02/1991Edinburgh CentralSigned
Tony Banks15/02/1991Newham North WestSigned
Harry Barnes15/02/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
Ernie Ross18/02/1991Dundee WestSigned
Dennis Skinner18/02/1991BolsoverSigned
Robert Hughes18/02/1991Aberdeen NorthSigned
John McAllion18/02/1991Dundee EastSigned
William McKelvey18/02/1991Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Alan Meale18/02/1991MansfieldSigned
James Wray19/02/1991Glasgow ProvanSigned
John Battle19/02/1991Leeds WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie19/02/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Alice Mahon19/02/1991HalifaxSigned
Eddie Loyden19/02/1991Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Eric Illsley19/02/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
Bill Michie19/02/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Andrew Faulds20/02/1991Warley EastSigned
Alexander Eadie20/02/1991MidlothianSigned
John Cummings20/02/1991EasingtonSigned
David Clelland20/02/1991Tyne BridgeSigned
Ronnie Campbell20/02/1991Blyth ValleySigned
Dawn Primarolo20/02/1991Bristol SouthSigned
Terry Patchett20/02/1991Barnsley EastSigned
Peter Pike25/02/1991BurnleySigned
Jack Thompson05/03/1991WansbeckSigned
Tommy Graham14/03/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Norman Godman21/03/1991Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Diane Abbott28/03/1991Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Andrew Smith18/04/1991Oxford EastSigned
Martyn Jones18/04/1991Clwyd South WestSigned
Edward O'Hara18/04/1991Knowsley SouthSigned
Audrey Wise22/04/1991PrestonSigned
Ken Livingstone29/04/1991Brent EastSigned

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