Councillors have awarded the £140,000 a year contract for delivering the Local Healthwatch service to Voluntary Action Calderdale.

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Councillors have awarded the £140,000 a year contract for delivering the Local Healthwatch service to Voluntary Action Calderdale.

Healthwatch is a new consumer champion for health and social care and provides patients and service users with a stronger voice to influence how local services are provided.

It will help to shape the planning of health and social care services and help users make choices about the health and social care they need.

Healthwatch will replace the Local Involvement Network when it is wound up in April. Awarding the contract now will ensure there is enough time to hand over before the new contract starts.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for community services, Coun Pauline Nash (lib-Dem, Skircoat) said: “Calderdale Healthwatch is an important opportunity for local people to influence the way in which local services are provided and we look forward to working with the chosen provider.”