Chairman's Comments

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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23.11.2016

Chairman’s statement: “Cool under pressure”

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

“Cool under pressure” was the verdict from Healthwatch Lancashire Chair Mike Wedgeworth after he spent the day with a North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust ambulance crew on Tuesday 15th November to get an insight…

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