Campaigning groups 38 degrees and OurNHS highlighted the fact that the deadline for the public to comment on the proposed mandate was fast approaching but no one seemed to know about it. Then, I wrote a piece for the Guardian and you shared, commented and crashed the Department of Health(DH) website. There had been 900 responses before the piece, and by the close of play four days later the figure had reached nearly 130,000.
Healthwatch UK confirms that the Guardian article led to a dramatic influx of responses by the public. No one seems more surprised by the scale of the response than the DH itself. Its report says: “We have consulted publicly twice on the mandate in the past and on both occasions attracted around 300 responses with slightly more than half originating from members of the public and the rest from institutions.”