The NHS needs to listen to patients more

Care and health services should be user-led services, with a bottom up approach and a creative approach both to individual care and planning services. We are experts in life and we know what we need and the people that should be telling us what to do are the ill people. All powers/resources are centralised at the top, but they shouldn’t be.

If you have a learning disability, sometimes you are stuck in hospital for longer than you should be as you don’t have appropriate support to go back home. People with disabilities need to know it is OK to say that you need help, and that they shouldn’t be scared that service providers will take away their hard fought for independence.


Why the contribution is important

This is important as we are all experts in our lives and should be treated as such - users of services have important insights and valuable perspectives.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on November 02, 2015 at 02:05PM

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  • Posted by Pedros January 19, 2016 at 17:29

    Currently experience is that "nanny knows best". Patients need to be involved in their health treatment and have it explained. They need to know what they have to do and their concerns should be listened to and addressed wherever possible. The current system processes people on a production basis albeit politely at times.
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