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'.--(1) The Secretary of State shall make regulations providing in relation to Community Health Councils ("Councils") in England for--
(a) the delivery by Councils of support and advocacy services to patients and others with complaints about health services;
(b) Councils to advise and make recommendations to the relevant overview and scrutiny committee, health authority and trust about matters arising from complaints;
(c) reports on the operation of the complaints support service to be compiled by Councils and provided to the Secretary of State to the relevant overview and scrutiny committee, health authority, trust, and other appropriate organisations;
(d) annual reports to be published by Councils detailing the arrangements maintained in that year for obtaining the views of patients;
(e) the establishment of sub-committees of each Council to be known as Patients' Forums, for each NHS and primary care trust in the district of the Council, made up of representatives of the Council, and co-opted representatives of the local authority overview and scrutiny committee, patients, carers and the wider community, with duties to--
(i) monitor and review the operation of services provided by, or under arrangements made by, the trust to which it relates;
(ii) obtain the views of patients, carers and the wider community about those services and report on those views to the Council and the trust;
(iii) provide advice and make reports and recommendations about matters relating to those services to the Council, the relevant Health Authority, and the trust to which it relates,
(iv) make available to patients, carers and the wider community advice and information about those services;
(v) in the case of primary care services carry out the functions as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;
(vi) carry out such other functions as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;
(f) the appointment of representatives from the Patients' Forum as non-executive directors to the board of the trust to which the Forum relates;
(g) for functions of Patients' Forums to be performed under joint arrangements between Councils, where such arrangements are appropriate to meet the needs of their communities;
(h) the extension of Councils' rights of inspection to all premises from which services as defined in subsection (3) are provided and;
'. The National Assembly for Wales may, by order, in relation to Community Health Councils in Wales, make provision corresponding to the provision which the Secretary of State must, by regulations, make in relation to Community Health Councils in England under section (Community Health Councils: additional functions).'.
'.--(1) The Secretary of State shall by regulations provide for the establishment of bodies to be known as Patients' Councils (referred to in this section as "Councils") the members of which are to be appointed in each case by two or more Patients' Forums.
(2) The regulations shall provide for determining--
(a) the Patients' Forums by which the members of a Council are to be appointed, and
(b) the area in relation to which the functions of a Council are exercisable.
(3) The functions of a Council are--
(a) to facilitate the co-ordination by member Forums of their activities;
(b) to make reports to health authorities, local authorities and their committees and to the Secretary of State in accordance with the regulations;
(c) to carry out such arrangements as may be made with the Council under section 19A of the 1977 Act (independent advocacy services);
(d) such other functions as the regulations may prescribe.
(4) The "member Forums" of a Council are the Patients' Forums by which its members are for the time being appointed.'.
'. After section 19 of the 1977 Act there shall be inserted--
"Independent advocacy services
19A.--(1) It is the duty of the Secretary of State to arrange, to such extent as he considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements, for the provision of independent advocacy services.
(2) "Independent advocacy services" are services providing assistance (by way of representation or otherwise) to individuals making or intending to make--
(a) a complaint under a procedure operated by a health service body or independent provider,
'( ) Subsection (2) applies in relation to a Council as it applies in relation to its member Forums.'.
'( ) The regulations must include provision as to the use by member Forums of a Council, and by the Council, of shared facilities and staff.'.