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Patient power could be the driving force behind a revolution in the NHS

Tuesday 3 June 2014

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If, in the 12 months leading up to the General Election you observe a politician of any political persuasion saying anything that contradicts the assertion that the public should be more greatly involved in the design and delivery of public services, you should consider it something of a personal achievement.

The political consensus seems more settled than ever before on the idea that the more contributions the public make to services themselves, the better. Semantically at least there is very little to distinguish Ed Miliband’s commitment to “people powered public services”, from David Cameron’s “giving people the power to shape and design the public services they use” or Nick Clegg’s desire for “a more plural, diverse and personalised way of running our public services.”

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