- 1974-2003 (Creation)
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Community Health Councils were set up in the 1974 National Health Service reorganisation to represent the interests of consumers in the health districts. Their role was to investigate, inspect, advise and comment on local health care facilities. Each year they were to report to their establishing authority (ie the regional health authority).
As originally constituted, Community Health Councils were composed of thirty members, half of which were local authority appointees, and of the remainder, two thirds were from voluntary organisations and one third were appointed by the regional health authority.
After the NHS restructuring of 1982, Community Health Councils were reduced in size to 24 members, but with the same proportion of representatives. They also employed a very small number of officers.
The Community Health Council for York Health District was established by, and reported to, the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority. In 1974 it was co-terminus with the York Health District, and after 1982 with York Health Authority. Through subsequent NHS reorganisation it has continued to represent people in York Health District, an area covering York, Easingwold, Selby and Tadcaster. The base for the Community Health Council was originally at 10 Priory Street, York; later it moved to 33 Hungate York.
The Councils were abolished in England in 2003 and were replaced by Patient and Public Involvement Forums that were in turn superseded by Local Involvement Networks. In 2012 the Health and Social Care Act introduced new organisations called ‘Healthwatch,’ although these do not have the same statutory powers or responsibilities as the Health Councils.