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The Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003

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10.—(1) Subject to the following paragraphs of this regulation and to regulation 11 (disability of members in proceedings on account of pecuniary interest), a Patients' Forum may conduct its meetings and proceedings in such a manner as it may determine.

(2) The proceedings of a Patients' Forum shall not be invalidated by any vacancy in its membership or by any defect in a member’s appointment.

(3) Any member who wishes to have the assistance of a carer, advocate, interpreter or other helper may be accompanied by such person at any meeting of the Patients' Forum.

(4) No decisions shall be made in any proceedings or at any meetings of a Patients' Forum in relation to—

(a)agreeing annual and other reports;

(b)reviews to be carried out under section 15(3)(a) of the Act;

(c)agreeing the annual accounts;

(d)agreeing how expenditure of its annual budget is to be allocated; or

(e)making a referral to another body or person,

unless a majority of the members agree.

(5) Proceedings or meetings at which any of the matters referred to in paragraph (4) are to be discussed, shall be open to the public and, at least seven clear days before any such proceedings or meetings, a notice specifying the business to be transacted shall be published, and issued to individual members, in whichever way the Forum considers most appropriate.

(6) This regulation applies to a committee or joint committee set up under regulation 7 as it applies to the Patients' Forum and applies to a member of any such committee or joint committee (whether or not he is also a member of the Patients' Forum) as it applies to a member of the Patients' Forum.

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