You will find the most recent surveys/questionnaires gathering views on different Health and Social Care services below so that you can give your views:
Adding folic acid to flour: public asked views - Deadline 09/09/19
Health departments in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are asking for people’s views on their proposal to add folic acid to flour. The 12-week public consultation will explore what kinds of products should be included.
Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is essential to the development of a healthy baby during early pregnancy. Not having enough of it can lead to babies being born with brain, spine and spinal cord problems known as ‘neural tube defects’.
Women who are trying to become pregnant are advised to take a daily supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid before they conceive and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, roughly half of all pregnancies in the UK are unplanned and evidence suggests that even for planned pregnancies, many women do not follow health advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy.
The simple measure of adding folic acid to flour would help spare hundreds of families from such a life-changing event.
Women from the poorest areas are less likely to take folic acid supplements and it is right that we do all we can to protect the most vulnerable in society.
The deadline for responses is Monday 9 September 2019.
Policy consultation on patient registration, funding and contracting rules - 23/10/19
All around us, a new generation of technology is changing our lives. Each year more of us choose online routes to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions or view personal health records. Digital innovations have the potential to support and empower patients, helping people to remain healthy and independent for longer. Used well, new technologies can also help to alleviate workload challenges in practices.
Proposals and options being engaged on are:
- Change how the system works so we can ensure the money follows the patient;
- Make it easier for existing GP surgeries to expand and improve their own digital services;
- Ensure that digital-first providers can register new patients in areas where people can’t currently access digital GP services.
The consultation is open until Friday 23 August