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The Green Papers National Debate

In a recent article on the  Guardian website….it was stated that “Consultation on the green paper represents “a crucial national debate”, according to prime minister Gordon Brown. There are many ways to make your voice  heard.

The Department of Health is staging 36 regional “stakeholder events” and a number of public roadshows all around the country. More details are on the Care Support Independence website (see below), though some events are already full.

The website provides information, videos and updates on the consultation and an opportunity to make a response directly. There is also a toolkit to help groups hold their own consultation events and prepare a response.

Leaflets about the green paper are being distributed through GP surgeries, pharmacies and other public places. The leaflets contain questions that can be answered and returned to the health department.

The consultation also has a Facebook page (Care and Support), with polling and discussion, and is on Twitter. Comments can be sent by email or by post to Green Paper Team, Room 149, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS.

Copies of the green paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, can be downloaded from the Care Support Independence website or ordered online. Consultation ends on 13 November

Website links:-

Join the Big Care Debate: careandsupport.direct.gov.uk

Department of Health: dh.gov.uk

DoH publications: orderline.dh.gov.uk

BCP will be following through the parliament ‘Green Papers’ debate with regular updates on the outcome and the effects on the healthcare and residential care industry. Watch this space.

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