WIGAN health chiefs are urging residents to get active about their treatment.
New local Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) will be set up throughout all GP surgeries in the borough this month.
And NHS bosses are now encouraging all patients to make having their say on how their practices are run a top priority.
Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and chairman of Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, has urged people to add the pledge to their list of New Year’s resolutions.
He said: “GP practices across Wigan have a Patient Participation Group that helps patients have a say in how their local practice is run and are a crucial way of harnessing the voice of patients.
“Patient Participation Groups also play a valuable role in conveying information on lifestyle, self-care and treatment options to other patients.
“They are an important part of running a successful modern GP practice. If you are interested in joining your Patient Participation Group simply contact your local GP practice who will be pleased to help.”
PPGs intend to work with the local GP practice to give patients and staff the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest.
They will also help to provide the means for patients to make positive suggestions about their GP practice and the healthcare services it delivers, as well as encouraging health education activities and can also act as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health