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Healthwatch Wigan launches
Wednesday 3rd April, 2013

The board of trustees for the new Healthwatch Wigan organisation have been appointed in time for the launch.

The chair, former Makerfield MP, Sir Ian McCartney, will be joined by the newly appointed board of trustees. Between them, Paul Carrol, Jenny Maguire, Norman Williams, Andrew Rogers, Eleanor Blackburn, Tim Smith and Martin Broom have over 100 yearsí experience working in health and social care and also as patients and carers.

Run by patients for patients, the trustees and chair will be tasked with looking after the health needs of local people in Wigan Borough, acting as an independent watchdog with the power to influence how NHS and social care services are planned and improved in the borough.

Sir Ian, who was a cabinet minister in a previous labour government, will work with the trustees to ensure the publicís views on health and social care issues are heard and acted upon.

Sir Ian said: “As a patient and carer, I am delighted to add my voice in support of the 300,000 plus people of Wigan.

“This is a great opportunity to help shape the services many people in Wigan Borough rely upon. Too often in the past, people have complained the voice of patients is ignored when important decisions about the NHS or social care have been made. This is an opportunity to ensure peopleís views are heard loud and clear.

“With a vast array of experience in healthcare, both first-hand and professionally, I am confident that the board of trustees will make a positive difference to the delivery of health services in Wigan Borough.”

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “The calibre of trustees and their various backgrounds and specialisms will, Iím sure, help to make Healthwatch a success.

“Together, their professional and personal experience of the health and social service will allow them to apply logic, while understanding and emphasising with patientsí needs, making them ideal candidates for the job.”

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