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Health watchdog highlights its work in Cambridgeshire including Fenland over past year

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Work by a local health watchdog has seen the introduction of a new forum in Fenland and additional funding for the area's dentists.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have published their annual report. (13280510)
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have published their annual report. (13280510)

Writing in its annual report Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said the past year, which was the second working as a larger watchdog, had enabled them to reach more communities than ever before.

The Healthwatch team take people's stories of their experiences of health services to those who plan care and make the decisions.

The report said: "These stories are always welcomed and things do get changed as a result. We have been pleased this year to have set up two new forums in Fenland and Huntingdonshire, so that we can listen to more people living in those areas."

It adds difficulties getting an NHS dentist in Wisbech and Peterborough has been a major concern in the past year and said: "Our volunteers helped us carry out Enter and View visits to the Dental Access Centres in these

areas. We heard from people the problems they are experiencing getting dental care.

"We are pleased that this work has been recognised in the media and by local politicians. NHS England, who plan dental services, have put in more funding. We will be reporting back later this year to make sure improvements continue."

Healthwatch also said many people have reported problems accessing a GP appointment and the report said: "there are lots of plans locally to improve this and we have been working hard to make sure that local people are involved as these plans develop."

The report published this week concludes: "Next year, we will focus on mental health services and making sure that support is there to meet people’s needs. We will publish our ‘What Would You Do?’ report to help the local health and care system develop its Long Term Plan. This includes what more than 800 people told us would help them manage their health and care better in the future.

"We will look again at our priorities and develop a plan for the next five years."

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