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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Powerful Patients with Rt Hon Alan Milburn

The former secretary of state for health discusses the challenges to the future of the NHS, and how to enhance empower service users, at the launch of IPPR's new report, Powerful patients.

This event was chaired by Diana Fox Carney, with responses from Jeremy Taylor, chief executive of National Voices, and Michael Macdonnell, head of strategy at NHS England.

Enhancing patient power in the NHS has been a long-cherished ambition. Today patient power remains marginal rather than mainstream in the NHS. The decisions that impact most on patients are still taken by clinicians, commissioners and policy-makers in Whitehall. This important report calls on the current government to change that.