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Why we should speak out on local health issues

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INDEPENDENT health and social care champions Healthwatch Warrington have launched a campaign to encourage local people to speak out on health issues.
The “What Would You Do?” campaign aims to make sure people in the borough to have a say on how extra Government money should be spent.
Healthwatch Warrington volunteer Kirsty Morris, aged 30, (pictured) is urging people to speak out.
She said: “Health care in Warrington will only work if people get to have their say.”
The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services should change locally to make the NHS work better for people.
Kirsty said: “I have Clonic Tonic Epilepsy, so I have a keen interest and experience of local health services.
“By talking and listening to people who have been ill and used these services you get fantastic knowledge and feedback about health services, which we will all have to use at some stage in our lives.
“Patients are the experts, each and every one of them has a story to share – whether that’s good or bad. I would encourage others to take part and make sure their voice is heard.”
The campaign aims to get feedback from people in an online survey. Questions will focus on local services in the following areas cancer, mental health, dementia, heart and lung conditions, learning disabilities and autism.
Lydia Thompson, manager at Healthwatch Warrington, added: “The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once in a generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in Warrington.
“We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”
Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Warrington will be at Warrington Hospital on Wednesday the April 24 from 9.30am -12.30pm where people can share their views. People can also share their views in an online survey, visit https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

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