Brian, from Highnam near Gloucester, is encouraging others to speak out as part of the ‘What Would You do?’ campaign run by local Healthwatch across the country.
The campaign aims to encourage people to share their views on how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.
The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. The plan focuses on improving services in a number of key areas and now the regional NHS have been asked how they will deliver the plan at a local level.
Brian said: “As people get older, they can have more health problems. I have friends who need hip or knee replacements and sometimes they need extra support or advice about the local health services they use. It’s important they have somewhere they can feed back their experiences, so ultimately the services can be improved.
“Patients are the experts, each and every one of them has a story to share – whether that’s good or bad. I would encourage others to take part and make sure their voice is heard.”
Originally from South Yorkshire, Brian worked as a deputy headteacher for St Peter’s High School in Gloucester for more than 20 years. When he retired, he took up voluntary roles to keep active, including joining Healthwatch Gloucestershire in 2014.
The What Would You Do? campaign aims to get feedback from people in an online survey at www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do. Questions will focus on local services in the following areas:
- Mental health
- Heart and lung conditions
- Learning disabilities and autism
Julia Butler-Hunt, Manager at Healthwatch Gloucestershire, added: “The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once in a generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in Gloucestershire.
“We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”
Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Gloucestershire will be at out in the community during their Campervan and Comments Tour from 23 – 28 March, where people can come and share their views.
People can also share their views in an online survey, visit www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do.