As Westminster legislation on reform of the health service in Wales is awaited, community health councils in the principality look set to be given wider powers and the right to inspect primary care and private nursing homes. The proposals are part of a shake-up of patient advocacy and support services outlined by Welsh health minister Jane Hutt.

But they may have to change their names and look at their membership in order to tie in more closely with the moves to abolish CHCs in England. The minister put a paper to the assembly in May outlining plans for strengthening patient advocacy and support and is now inviting the public to comment on the plans.

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