Healthwatch South Gloucestershire acts as a consumer champion for both patients and the public.
Due to increasing demands on budgets, from April 2019 South Gloucestershire Council is proposing to reduce Healthwatch funding by approximately 50% and jointly commission the service in partnership with Bristol City Council, and potentially North Somerset Council too.
The Council believes that spending £50,000 less on Healthwatch will have the least negative impact on local people and that this [impact] would be worse if they chose to spend less money on other services instead, for example support services for carers and disabled people. The Council wants to hear your views to make sure the right decision is made for local people.
This is a really important consultation and the deadline for responding to this is 23rd July.
You can read the full consultation documents and respond to the consultation here.