UK cardio patients to influence service reform:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has today (May 8 2003) launched an initiative aimed at providing UK cardiovascular disease patients with a say on how services in this area might be improved. The Hearty Voices project was set up after a pilot involving some of the BHF's network of more than 300 affiliated support groups in England and Wales highlighted the potential benefits of allowing service users to influence policy-making. The BHF has been a vocal exponent of increased access to cardiology equipment; recent initiatives include distributing external defibrillators and portable ultrasound scanners (see Clinica No 1029, p 4).