We are urging the people of Reading to say what it means to have a watchdog on your doorstep, who will speak up for you and campaign for better NHS and social care services.
Our appeal comes as Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council run a public consultation on our future. They want Healthwatch Reading and Healthwatch Wokingham to be run as one organisation so the councils can save £44,000.
To help you take part in this consultation, we’ve put together a Q&A which outlines the impact we’ve made since we launched in 2013.
If you care about our local, vital service, there are a range of ways you can have your say about our future:
- Complete Reading Borough Council’s online survey on the proposals by Tuesday 6 February 2018
- Give Healthwatch Reading direct feedback about any information, advice, advocacy or other help we’ve personally given you – call, email, tweet or write to us by Monday 5 February 2018
- Give us general feedback about the importance of having a local health watchdog – again, call, email, tweet or write to us by 5 February 2016.
- Attend one of the upcoming council-run public meetings about the proposals on:
– 15th January 2018 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, or
– 2nd February 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (as part of the Reading Older People’s Working Group);
both being held in the Council Chamber at Plaza West, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.
We’ll use any comments you give us anonymously.
A final decision will be made by Reading Borough Council on 12 March 2018 at its policy committee meeting, held in public.