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Healthwatch

A national body being set up under the reforms as part of the CQC by April 2012. Local Involvement Networks (LINks) will be replaced by local Healthwatch organisations funded by local authorites which will act as consumer champions across healthcare and could have extra functions including helping people to choose a GP practice. GP commissioning consortia are likely to have to negotiate with Healthwatch over service redesigns.

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