Former councillor Peter Loosemore to champion patients’ needs

Peter Loosemore: Appointed as thew new chairman of the district health watchdog, Healthwatch Wakefield.'w306a332
Peter Loosemore: Appointed as thew new chairman of the district health watchdog, Healthwatch Wakefield.'w306a332

The district’s newly re-formed health and social care watchdog has appointed a chairman.

Peter Loosemore has joined Healthwatch Wakefield, an independent body set up to scrutinise NHS services and champion the needs of patients.

Mr Loosemore has more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector, and was formerly Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for social services and health.

He said: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge. With all the recent publicity about health and social care, it is essential that people’s voices are heard and responded to at a time when there are so many challenges ahead.“

Mr Loosemore, who joined the watchdog at the beginning of June, was selected by an independent panel made up of representatives from the voluntary sector.

Board members are also being appointed to Healthwatch Wakefield, and volunteers are sought to take part in its focus groups.

Mr Loosemore added: “All members of Healthwatch Wakefield are local volunteers who are giving their free time to make sure Wakefield gets the best possible health and social care services.

“We have appointed a good team of board members to support Healthwatch Wakefield and we would like more volunteers who may have had the experience as a service user, patient or carer, to get in touch so that we may address health and social care issues together in our focus groups.”

Healthwatch has taken over from Wakefield Local Involvement Network (LINk) as the district’s health and social care watchdog.

Director Celia Bateson said: “We wanted to make sure that we appointed the right person. We are, therefore, very pleased to have Peter, who has the ideal mix of skills and insight into local health and social care services, and will be able to steer Healthwatch Wakefield in the right direction.”

For more information about the Healthwatch Wakefield, call 01924 234007 or e-mail enquiries@healthwatch.co.uk