On Tuesday, 14th October, representatives from Healthwatch Halton travelled to London to join forces with more than 100 fellow local Healthwatch organisations to raise the real life concerns of people using health and social care services.
Attended by more than 80 parliamentarians, as well as key decision makers from across the health and social care, the event provided an opportunity for Healthwatch Halton to speak with Derek Twigg MP about the work they have been doing, and what we are planning to do to shape local services on behalf of Halton residents, including:
- Researching the reasons why many members of the public have difficulty accessing local GP services
- Uncovering the real reasons why people are resorting to using A&E rather than alternative services when dealing with non-urgent medical concerns
- Providing an opportunity for marginalised and vulnerable people to tell their story about how the system discharged them unsafely
Derek Twigg MP said: “I was pleased to join Jim Wilson at the event in Westminster to highlight the importance of Healthwatch and to hear about their research findings on accessing GP services. As Halton MP many people contact me for help when they have problems accessing health services and when they have been poorly treated within the system. While our NHS is the best in world, they get things wrong and it’s important that we improve and shape local services to the benefit of local people.”
Held in the Houses of Parliament, the reception was hosted by national body Healthwatch England to mark the launch of its second annual report.