Taking worry about health to Parliament

Julie Hilling

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A DELEGATION travelled from Wigan to the Houses of Parliament to raise concerns about healthcare in the borough.

Members of Wigan’s Healthwatch travelled to London to join forces with more than 100 fellow organisations to discuss the health issues of people using health and social care services.

Attended by more than 80 parliamentarians, Healthwatch spoke with MP for Bolton West Julie Hilling whose constituency includes Atherton, and Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue about work aimed at shaping local services.

Healthwatch director Annmarie Stone said: “It was a great opportunity to share notes with other local Healthwatch and have the chance to meet with two of our local MPs to tell them about the work we have been doing in the borough.”

Issues discussed includes voicing the public’s concern about the Healthier Together proposals and recent consultation about changes to hospital services in the region.

Also working with local Healthwatch to investigate the non-emergency patient transport service and demanding improvements and providing an opportunity for children and young people to share their views and concerns about health and social care services.

Julie Hilling MP said: “Healthwatch are doing a fantastic job in ensuring our voice is heard on health issues locally and nationally using their statutory powers.

“It was great to join them and other health and social care organisations in Parliament to listen to their priorities.

“With the Health and Social Care Act privatising our health service via the back door and a Government who seem very happy to run our NHS into the ground, it’s vital we have a fantastic organisation like Healthwatch working to improve services.

“I will be working with Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham to ensure a future Labour government invests in our NHS to protect local services and integrate our Health Service with Social Care to protect our aging population.”

Held in the Houses of Parliament, the reception was hosted by national body Healthwatch England to mark the

For more information about Healthwatch Wigan visit www.healthwatchwigan.org.