New body is launched for health care

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RESIDENTS of Bognor Regis can review their local care services in the town.

Healthwatch West Sussex was launched earlier this month to allow people to have their say about health and social care services by allowing them to share their personal experiences and opinions with a group of volunteers.

The service is being run from the Citizens Advice Centre in the town hall. Operations manager Ray Fowler said: “The service is proving very popular and since the launch we have had people coming in every day. The Citizens Advice Bureau is known very widely so people already knew where to go and we already had people coming in with social care issues. This means Healthwatch is providing the public with a voice which allows them to feel more comfortable with discussing their experiences of care.”

News about the service was given at the annual meeting of Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice Bureau last Thursday.

Howard Ewing, the board chairman, said: “Healthwatch is the voice of consumers of health and social care and thus fits well with the CAB role.

“People are not just coming in with problems. A lot of it is that they saying about their experiences and they don’t know what can be done about them but they want to share them with someone.”

Healthwatch is being run alongside the centres’ existing services in Bognor, Chichester and Littlehampton.