Chairman's Comments

14.08.2017

Making Better Use of NHS 111

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

The Health Service wants us to use NHS 111 as the first port of call when we need urgent treatment. The big hope is that this will take some of the pressure off Accident and…

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24.03.2017

Improving picture for mental health sufferers?

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

Mental illness is an increasingly serious problem in Lancashire, says Mike Wedgeworth, Chair of Healthwatch Lancashire, and there is a definite link with deprivation. Statistics from Public Health England show that in Blackburn with Darwen…

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12.01.2017

A Happy New Year for health and social care in Lancashire?

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

2017 will be a make or break year for the NHS and Local Government, says Mike Wedgeworth, Chair of Healthwatch Lancashire. In 2016, we produced reports which showed that: Accident and Emergency departments are under…

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13.12.2016

Chairman’s statement: Closure of walk-in centre at Accrington Victoria

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

I recall vividly from my days as Chief Executive of Hyndburn Council the fierce loyalty that people felt to the ‘Accy Vic’, and was pleased to have a part in ensuring that it became a…

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