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Consultation Document: Local Healthcare Bill

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ANNEX B
CONSULTATION ARRANGEMENTS

Please send your response to:

Claire Ferguson
Scottish Government
Directorate General Health and Wellbeing
Area 2E(N)
St Andrew's House
EDINBURGH
EH1 3DG


Or by e-mail to:

localhealthcarebill@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

If you have any queries please contact Claire Ferguson on 0131 244 2033.

This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations. You can telephone free phone 0800 77 1234 to find out where your nearest public internet access point is.

The Scottish Government now has an e-mail alert system for consultations (SEConsult: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/seconsult.aspx). This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly e-mail containing details of all new consultations (including web links). SEconsult complements, but in no way replaces Scottish Government distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all Scottish Government consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.

Organisations Consulted

This consultation paper is being issued to organisations that may have an interest in the issues covered in the local healthcare bill, as detailed in Annex D. Anyone who has an interest is encouraged to respond. It would be very useful if individuals could indicate in which country they are ordinarily resident when responding to the consultation. This is discretionary and entirely the choice of those who respond.

Alternative Formats

The text of this consultation paper will be made available, on request, in alternative formats. Anyone requiring the document in an alternative format should contact Claire Ferguson at the above address.

Handling Your Response

We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form enclosed with this consultation paper as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential and will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next Steps in the Process

Where respondents have given permission for their responses to be made public (see the enclosed Respondent Information Form), these will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library and on the Scottish Government consultation web pages. We will check all responses where agreement to publish has been given for any potentially defamatory material before logging them in the library or placing them on the website. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the Scottish Government Library on 0131 244 4552. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.

All responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us to reach a decision. Following the closing date, we aim to issue a report on this consultation process.

Comments and Complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to:

Claire Ferguson
Scottish Government
Directorate General Health and Wellbeing
Area 2E(N)
St Andrew's House
EDINBURGH
EH1 3DG