Department of Health consultation: Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community

Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, and Gavin Harding MBE, Co-Chair of the Transforming Care Assurance Board, announce the launch of ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored’ consultation.

The consultation ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored’ explores options on issues such as how people can:

  • be supported to live independently, as part of a community
  • be assured that their views will be listened to
  • challenge decisions about them and about their care
  • exercise control over the support they receive with a Personal Health Budget
  • expect that different health and local services will organise themselves around their needs
  • know that professionals are looking out for their physical health needs as well as their mental health needs

The document also seeks to explores views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice.

Since ‘Transforming Care: A National Response to Winterbourne View Hospital’was published there have been some improvements but the system has not gone far enough fast enough to respond to the needs and wishes of people who need services, and their families.

Respond online or Complete a response form and either email to: or write to:

Consultations Co-ordinator, ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored’ consultation, Department of Health, Area 313, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS.

The consultation closes on 29 May 2015 11:45pm.