Community Empowerment Bill consultation response

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Friday 5th September 2014

HIV Scotland response to consultation on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, 2014.

HIV Scotland submitted a response to the call for written evidence on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.

Regarding the Bill, HIV Scotland said: "The most effective way to ensure the best outcomes for people living with and at risk of HIV is to involve them in all aspects and decisions about their health and care. This Bill is of particular relevance to people living with and at risk of HIV, given its implications for increased involvement of communities in the work of public bodies.

"The Bill has the potential to ensure that communities are meaningfully involved in the planning, design and delivery of public services. However, we believe that the provisions in the Bill must be strengthened if this potential is to be realised and to ensure a genuine focus on the needs and rights of individual patients and service users."

Read the HIV Scotland response in full and contact the team if you have any questions or would like to discuss the Bill in detail.