Chairman's Comments

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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01.11.2016

“Hospitals down your street is the future of health care,” says Healthwatch Lancashire Chair

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

Healthwatch Lancashire Chair, Mike Wedgeworth, says that the future of health care in Lancashire is local…very local. According to NHS Digital, around 90% of patient interaction is with primary care services, such as GPs, and their…

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10.10.2016

A ringside seat

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

We are not experts. We are not professionals (at least in the health and care field). We are lay people given a ringside seat at what feels like a tumultuous fight for survival and triumph:…

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