On the 26 April Lansley said in Parliament that
“a total of 119 events have already been organised centrally, and the regional and local NHS will organise many more“.
The following 9 events appear to be the only ones being held. It took me a lot of ‘googling’ to find out where they were. Seasoned journalists like Andy Cowper, the tenacious Richardblogger and Paul Taylor for the London Review of Books blog also had a lot of trouble.
Eventally I found out via the blog of Stephen Bubb, one of the ‘listeners’. If you were wondering whether the ‘listeners’ were going to ‘listen’ or had already made up their minds, you should check his blog or this article from the FT. He only posted the dates on May 6th. He links to the Regional Voices website, which says they posted the dates on April 21st, five days before Lansley’s announcement.
To recap: The DH website does not link to Regional Voices, Lansley did not mention Regional Voices, the ‘blogging listener’ did not mention Regional Voices until May 6th.
It would appear that we may have been misled.
Dates are as follows:
North East 9th May 1-3pm
North West 23rd May 10:30-12:30
Yorkshire & Humber 13th May 10-12:30
East Midlands 18th May 10-12
West Midlands 16th May 10-1
East 13th May 10-12:15
London 13th May 2-4
South East 25th May 1-4
South West 26th May 11-1
To find out more or book a place check the ‘Regional Voices’ website.
Note that it says the post went up on April 21st, 5 days before Lansley’s announcement …
Commentary from the first ‘listening event’ here. Not very complimentary …