We were delighted with the fantastic response, the number of questions submitted in advance of the event and the turnout. Healthwatch values any opportunity to engage with local residents and talk about local health and social care services. Healthy debate and discussion of issues such as that provided through the Question Time event will enable us to ensure that local resident’s views are heard and service improvement and development take these opinions and experiences into account.Nicola Strudley, the Healthwatch Locality Manager
Difficulty in accessing GP appointments, the adequate recruitment and retention of staff, and the lack of local provision for young people with special needs who are about to leave school, were among the topics discussed at Healthwatch Wokingham Borough's first health and social care Question Time.
Around 40 people attended the event at the British Red Cross Hall in Wokingham on 4th March, along with John Redwood, the MP for Wokingham.
Healthwatch Wokingham, delivered in partnership between Citizens Advice and Help & Care, is a consumer champion in health and care. Its aim is to get the voice of the consumer strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.