Healthwatch England launches
Healthwatch England, the new national, statutory consumer champion for health and social care inEnglandlaunched on 1 October 2012. HealthwatchEnglandwill be responsible for making sure the voices of local people are heard at the national level by bodies such as the Care Quality Commission, the NHS Commissioning Board and the Secretary of State for Health.
Working with the new network of Local Healthwatch bodies which come into force in April 2013, HealthwatchEnglandwill provide leadership, advice and support to ensure that the local experiences of health and care services are used to influence national policy.
Anne Bradley, Chair of Healthwatch England talks to a service-user from Brighton about her ambitions for the new organisation.