Responding to this consultation paper
We are inviting written responses to this consultation paper by 30 June 2012. Please send your response with the completed Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below) to:
Patient Support and Participation Division
St Andrew's House (GER)
If you have any queries, or would like this consultation paper in an alternative format, please contact Fiona Wherrett on 0131 244 2454, or at the address above.
This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at:
The Scottish Government has an email alert system for consultations:
This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). It complements, but in no way replaces, SG distribution lists and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SG consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.
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 If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government are 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.
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, responses will be made available on the Scottish Government consultation web pages, and in the Scottish Government library. You can make an appointment to view the responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552.
What happens next?
We will write to you within 10 days acknowledging receipt of your response. Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us prepare the Charter for publication by 1 October.
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us prepare the Charter for publication.
We aim to publish a summary of responses, and highlight the changes we have made as a result in autumn 2012.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to Fiona Wherrett.
Email: Patient Rights Team