The Patients Association is a healthcare charity concerned that there should be better access to information for patients, equal access to high quality care, and the right for patients to be involved in all aspects of decision-making about their health care. http://www.patients-association.org.uk/
It’s worth bearing in mind that the Patients Association receives financial support and charitable donations from a range of multinational companies such as Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, MSD, Grunenthal (pharmaceutical companies); Abbott (medical devices and technologies); and Nutricia (medical nutrition for all life stages including babies and breastfeeding mothers). This funding may or may not influence the nature of information they provide. For example, the Patients Association
- produced a report on the difficulties some care home residents might have with swallowing medicines: the report is supported by a grant from Rosemont Medicals (who produce liquid medicines);
- carried out a study of in-patient food, drink and meal service: the study was funded by Compass – suppliers of in-patient catering services (https://www.patients-association.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Patients-First-Full-Report.pdf)
- instigated, and acted as Secretariat for, a Parliamentary Inquiry into hospital-acquired infections and the increasing resistance of some infections to treatment. The Patients Association receives funding from Alere, a company that provides point-of-care diagnostic tests, aiming to avoid the over-use of antibiotics.
- produced a report on a nutrition check-list for patients and carers, funded by Nutricia, (https://www.patients-association.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/The-Patients-Association-Nutrition-Checklist-Report-2016.pdf). The report gives a link to a website providing information on nutritional supplements and the costs of travel and accomodation for those attending meetings and developing the website were also met by a grant from Nutriciana. (http://malnutritionpathway.co.uk/link)