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Healthwatch warn councils funding cuts could mute patients voice

Survey finds local Healthwatch areas being hit cover half of hospitals in special measures.

A survey of local Healthwatch indicates that in some areas, investment in patient engagement is being cut by up to half. Worryingly, the local Healthwatch being hit by the latest round of cuts cover a third of the country’s troubled health economies and half of hospitals in special measures, arguably those most in need of sustained investment. This situation could leave patients without a strong voice in big changes to local health and social care services.