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Patients' Rights Bill for Users of the NHS in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Report



1. A children and young people's focus group was organised by Callander Youth Project and consisted of young people who attended the youth project as well as pupils from McLaren High School Pupil Council. The discussion took place in Callander on 25 November 2008. There were eleven participants (6 female and 5 male) with an age range of between 11-17 years.

2. A group focusing on gender and age was organised and facilitated by the research team and took place in Dumfries on 27 November 2008. The group consisted of five male participants and five female with an age range from 20s to 60s. The project budget precluded separate focus groups for males and females.

3. A focus group with advisory/advocacy organisations was organised by the research team, took place on 28 November 2008 in Glasgow, and consisted of seven representatives of the following organisations:

  • Advocacy Matters;
  • The Patient Ombudsman;
  • Citizens Advice Scotland;
  • Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland;
  • Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance;
  • Care Scotland; and
  • The Advocacy Project.

4. A religion and faith focus group took place at Central Mosque, Glasgow, on 1 December 2008 and was organised by the Scottish Inter Faith Council. There were twelve participants and the religions, faiths and beliefs represented were Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Hindu, Humanist, Islam Jain, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jewish, Mormon, Pagan, and Sikh.

5. A group with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT) people took place on 2 December 2008 in Edinburgh. There were eight participants who were recruited from both the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and the Equality Network's contact lists.

6. A focus group with six members of the public from areas of socio-economic disadvantage took place in Dundee on 2 December 2008. There were three male and three female participants, recruited from local community groups in disadvantaged areas of the city.

7. A minority ethnic communities focus group was organised by BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland) and was held at BEMIS' offices in Glasgow on 3 December 2008. There were nine participants representing Jewish, Asian (4), Eastern European/Roma, Gypsy Travellers, Arab and Persian ethnic communities. Translation support was not required for this group.

8. A final focus group with disabled people was organised by the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living and took place on 6 January 2009. There were five participants, three female and two male. The group consisted of people with sensory impairments, physical mobility disabilities and one person with cerebral palsy. Translation services were not required.