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The Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003

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Membership of Patients' Forums

2.—(1) A Patients' Forum established for an NHS trust shall have at least 7 members and a PCT Patients' Forum shall have at least 7 members plus members appointed under paragraph (4).

(2) Subject to regulation 6 (termination of tenure of office) a member’s term of office shall be for a period between one year and four years as is agreed between the prospective member and the Commission at the time of the appointment.

(3) In appointing members to a Patients' Forum, the Commission shall ensure that—

(a)the majority of members are persons for whom services are being or have been provided by the NHS trust or Primary Care Trust for which the Patients' Forum is established and, in the case of a PCT Patients' Forum, are living in the area of the Primary Care Trust; and

(b)subject to regulation 4(1)(i), the members include persons who are members or representatives of a voluntary organisation whose purpose, or one of whose purposes, is to represent the interests of—

(i)persons for whom services are being provided under the 1977 Act, or

(ii)persons who provide care for such persons, but who are not employed to do so by any body in the exercise of its functions under any enactment.

(4) In the case of a PCT Patients' Forum, in addition to the 7 members referred to in paragraph (1), the Commission shall appoint members to include—

(a)at least one member of the Patients' Forum established for each NHS trust all or most of whose hospitals, establishments and facilities are situated in the area of the Primary Care Trust; and

(b)subject to regulation 4(1)(i), if it appears to the Commission that there is a body which represents members of the public in the Primary Care Trust’s area in matters relating to their health, at least one person who is a member or representative of that body (or, if there is more than one such body, of any of those bodies).

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