Bromley Council appoint Healthwatch to give public voice
PUBLISHED: 17:04 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 21 February 2013
A Bromley organisation will act as a public voice on health matters after being elected by Bromley Council as part of government reforms.
Funded by the Department of Health, Community Links Bromley will take on the role of local Healthwatch on April 1 for 12 months.
They will be represented on the statutory Health and Wellbeing Boards - set up as part of the health reforms to bring together GPs, health professionals and councils to identify matters of priority.
Council leader, Stephen Carr, said: “Our local Healthwatch will play a crucial role in making sure patients, carers and other service users have a strong, independent voice in the strategic planning of health and social care in Bromley.
“The award of this contract reinforces how important we believe that voice to be.”
The Healthwatch will be independent of the council and are also tasked with building relationships with voluntary and community groups to provide the community with a stronger voice about health in Bromley.
Colin Maclean, Director of Community Links Bromley, added: “Our aim over the next few months is to put in the place the new organisation and team. There will be many opportunities for local people to get involved.”