In many recent NHS scandals, CHCs have played an important role helping individuals and groups deal with distressing situations and get answers to their questions.

I have spent much of the last 10 months working with the 250 families in the support group set up after the organ retention scandal at Alder Hey Hospital. Where would they have gone for help had there not been a CHC? Even if a patient advocacy and liaison service had the resources, regional links and willingness to help, would the families have trusted a body so closely linked to the hospital? I don't think so.

Abolishing CHCs without adequate replacement will not empower patients - it will make it harder for many to get justice.

Wendy Natale Chief officer Liverpool Eastern CHC