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Gordon Brown has called for greater self-care in a modern NHS but his vision is flawed due to inefficiencies in health information provision. Equitable access to quality health information is essential if patients are to be involved in the management of their own health but the NHS is not providing sufficient information or sign-posting patients to places where they can access it. The Patient Information Forum has been calling for improvements in patient information for sometime and whilst it welcomes the DHs 'information prescriptions' pilot scheme there is still limited direct action to improve information services within the NHS. "Patient's must have better access to high quality information and the Department of Health must take a strong lead on this" says Mark Duman, PiF's Honorary President. "Gordon Brown has said that information is key to promoting self care but so little is being done to improve health information and patients are suffering as a result. We therefore call on this government to create a Health Information body to improve, and fund, patient information and education".

For further information on the Patient Information Forum or to interview Mark Duman, please contact Justin Wilkes at Spink on 01444 484888 or or visit

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