NAVCA has responded to Healthwatch England’s strategic direction consultation. NAVCA’s response emphasises the role that local charities and community groups can play in supporting Healthwatch England and that existing local infrastructure charities can help the Healthwatch network to develop the potential of the network.
NAVCA’s response says that:
1) Local charities and community groups will often be aware of emerging issues before they are widely recognised.
2) NAVCA members have played a pivotal role in establishing many local Healthwatch organisations and this close relationship should be maintained.
3) Healthwatch England and local Healthwatch organisations should put pressure on Health and Wellbeing boards to increase local voluntary sector representation.
NAVCA also challenges the use of ‘consumer’ as it is an alien term to many people in relation to health.