Went to an event concerned with the LiNKs (local involvement Networks) which are statutory bodies set up in most towns which are concerned with health questions and the answers to them.
It was apart of the local city programme of consultation with individual citizens
to find out what they wanted in relation to the Links becoming a structure called
I mentioned that on a radio programme and on an online blog in a newspaper no one had mentioned either Links or Healthwatch and there seem not alot of information to the public on the topic. And this despite there being alot of people trying to tell
the public what the Links could and does do in relation to scrutiny.
Someone said that many individuals when giving feedback in health matters are afraid of saying what they think, they just want to get well and stay alive.
“No one wants to rock the boat”-he went on to say in case there is some comeback.
“A critical friend” is often the phrase to encourage feedback, but the public understand that this means. The person said “so that means everything is one sided, and no advances are made to improve the system”
Others said there are ways to discourage, such as filling websites with information, realizing that most individuals don’t have the time to read it all so can miss the real story. And another said that all these consultations were necessary by law, and could be forgotten about very quickly.
The presentations at this event indicated models of structures which are spreading all over the world. So soon everyone will be having these meetings and be able to discuss the future of health.
I suppose just being able to speak about things is a good thing.

In the cold winter nights ( and days) thoughts return to summer and how that progressed.
In the summer I spent time one afternoon in the local main library at an open day for the Local Links. There I spoke to many individuals explaining the advantages to them of being a member of their local Links. I encouraged them to get their blood pressure done at one stall, and their weight at another. Some were keen,but all were very happy to have the information.
Even the individuals at the nearby internet cafe, who were standing looking at computers and watching the events of the open day wondering if they too could take part.
With the new year there will be many new structures in the local provisions of health. So now events are being advertised to encourage local communities to get involved and express opninions. The local involvement networks will become Healthwatch in October 2012. This means a major change where Healthwatch will be the consumer watchdog and be part with the Health and Welbeing Boards of the local community focus on health. The plan for local health will be the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a plan of local health needs.
Local communities need to have their voices and needs stressed to get into the JSNA-resources demand it so,because resources will be in demand.