A new health watchdog, which will represent the voice of patients in Norfolk. is on the brink of being created.

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Norfolk County Council is set to consider a plan for a new local healthwatch group for Norfolk at a meeting next month.

This new body will build on the work carried out by Norfolk Local Involvement Network (Link) over the last four years and will serve as an independent champion for health, social care and wellbeing in the county.

Various organisations and individuals want to join forces to be part of the Norfolk healthwatch, including Age UK, Voluntary Norfolk, Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind, Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People, Norwich, West Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau and Mancroft Advisory Project.

Those groups, along with others, aim to form a social enterprise organisation to establish the new healthwatch organisation, which would get £546,000 a year from the county council.

Among the roles of the healthwatch will be to provide information and advice to the public about accessing health and social care services and to promote and support the involvement of people in the monitoring, commissioning and provision of local care services.

Derrick Murphy, pictured, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “We believe that this innovative approach will build on the excellent work of Norfolk Link and bring together local organisations, groups and individuals to create a truly local healthwatch for Norfolk.

“It will be able to call upon a wealth of local expertise and individual volunteers to ensure that the voice of the patient is heard loud and clear.”

16 comments

  • I fear another Quango and it itinerant expenses. The 560 thou from the Council, a.k.a. as the taxpayer, might have been better spent on the cutbacks to the failing Ambulance service over which their was much gnashing of teeth a short while ago.

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    norman hall

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Bound to be wasteful and ineffective all those organisations bumbling around meaning well and spending money. It all adds up the waste- look at the rubbish in every GP waiting room , none of which is necessary if a member of staff can give a sensible informed answer to a query and if a GP makes the time to talk to patients. Spotted the other day in a surgery 120 miles from London-how to keep healthy while you are visiting the Olympic Games. Think of the money wasted on printing and delivery if every GP surgery in the country has a handful of this stupidity. Then repeat it over and over for other topics. And that's just spending on " information" that some one making a job for themself thinks we need.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • NCC are reducing funding to charity organisations, disgracefully wanting to close places like Provident Street the home of nearly 30 groups, and the nursery in King's Lynn on the pretext of needing money, and giving it to yet more bureaucrats. If anyone needed tabs keeping on them it's NCC, I think it's high time they were made accountable for the £500million debt they have put the county in.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Just allocate the money to the other interested bodies and leave County Councillors out.They have too much power now, mainly vested in a Cabinet of "talents". I have had enough of Big Brother County Council.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Just think what people truly dedicated to the health of the nation could do with half a million quid. Instead it will vanish into the ever deep pockets of councillors so they can attend meetings and shoot their mouths off imagining they have Winston Churchill's ability to make speeches (they don't). What a complete and total waste of people's money. When is everyone going to wake up and vote these total wastes of space and money off the Council and put in Independents many of whom have already told me they wont be accepting their allowances if elected, let alone form completely useless committees.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Bearing in mind recent experience an immediate step on checking the emails might be in order.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • MURPHY.... “It will ensure that the voice of the patient is heard loud and clear.” . . . . . Presumably the patient voice will be heard louder and clearer than the 65,500 voices who told Murphy "NO, WE DON'T WANT YOUR TORY WHEELABRATOR INCINERATOR"!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Just what we need, more Bureaucrats sitting behind desks as opposed to spending the money more sensibly. One hand telling us they are cutting services and then the other shoving more “Jobs for the Boys” on the table. Sure all the over stretched doctors and nurses will be over the moon at this news.

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    Mr T

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I bet this will be a job for our county councillors. Attend meetings with the new quango and pump up their expenses. I expect NCC is expecting a more unhealthy population of Norfolk. The residents living downwind of the incinerator up to Fakenham and Swaffham. Stress from many County councillors losing their posts next May.

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    Alan Allan

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • It's so good to see a new medical use for leaches.

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    el84

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • What about the wellbeing of the children in King's Lynn and surrounding areas. People in Lynn are furious NCC have ignored them. A waste incinerator is not what I would consider good for a community. How many people would suffer ill health from toxic emissions from a stinking polluting waste incinerator should it go ahead. Since when has NCC listened to the people. 65.516 people said NO we do not want a waste incinerator we are worried for our childrens health. And NCC could only see ££££££ pure greed in their eyes.

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    Jack

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I've been in need of the NHS recently - I feel ill every time I see Murphy's mug in the EDP!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Hasn't Murphy gone yet? This is just a guise for him to 'big' himself up. Pity none of the cabinet at NCC were manwoman enough to 'out' him.

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    Public Sector & Proud

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Have I got this right, a man pushing through the incinerator is now claiming an interest in health, social care and well being? That would just be for the east of the county then.

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • They still don't get it do they? Stop wasting my money now and cut back on pointless non jobs. Waste after waste after waste!!! So much for 'we are all in this together.' There is no doubt there is much more waste that could be cut back to the benefit of us all and much reduced council tax.

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    andy

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • use the desk jockeys wages to enable people to get the tests and treatment needed.

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    bookworm

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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