Legal duties to involve the public

Section 242 of the NHS Act 2006 (as amended by the Act 2012) requires NHS organisations to involve and consult patients and the public in:

 The planning and provision of services
 The development and consideration of proposals for changes in the way services are provided

Section 244 of the NHS Act 2006 requires NHS organisations to consult relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committees (OSC) on any proposals for a substantial development of the health service in the area of the Local Authority, or a substantial variation in the provision of services.