Reference numberCHC
TitleCommunity Health Councils
Extent8 Series
DescriptionCommunity Health Councils were set up by central government following re-organisation of the National Health Service in 1974. Their purpose was to represent the interests of the public in local National Health services and act as an independent watchdog for the NHS.

Each Community Health Council in Lancashire covered the same area as Local Health Authorities except in East Lancashire where there were two councils, Blackburn, Hyndburn and The Ribble Valley Community Health Council and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Community Health Council. They all operated independently of each other although they were all members of the Association of Community Health Councils and held occasional joint meetings.

The councils were made up of volunteers from various walks of life. They monitored National Health Services by carrying out research; visiting NHS establishments to check on standards and recommend improvements; represented local public interests when changes to services were proposed; made their own proposals for improvements in services. They also provided advice and assistance to the public regarding local services and patient rights, and assisted and supported people with complaints about any NHS service. The records collectively offer a rich source of evidence relating to national health service provision in Lancashire.

A change in government policy resulted in the disbandment of Community Health Councils which were shut down in December 2003. They have been replaced by several bodies who have taken over the various functions of the Community Health Councils and also deal with broader health issues.

CHC 1 Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble
CHC 2 Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
CHC 3 Burnley Pendle and Rossendale
CHC 4 Lancaster and Morecambe
CHC 5 Preston
CHC 6 West Lancashire
CHC 7 North West Regional Association of Community Health Councils
CHC 8 Chorley and South Ribble
Background InformationSee CHC 4/4/15 for details of the proposed structure that will replace Community Health Councils
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