Patients Association starts South West service

The Patients Association (PA) has started a new service in the South West.

The independent charity, which campaigns on behalf of patients, is employing two new members of staff who will live and work in the region.

The one-year project has been funded by NHS South West.

The organisation, which is approaching its 50th anniversary, said it hoped to work with healthcare providers to deliver a "better patient experience".

Devon resident Angela Rippon, who is a vice president of the PA, said: "As a local resident I know how important this project will be for each local community and I am thrilled to be part of this initiative.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity for all residents of the South West to get involved in their local health and social care services."

The project will cover an area from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the PA, said: "Everyone knows the problems in the South West - geography, infrastructure, funding and age profile.

"The Patients Association are delighted to be given this opportunity to work alongside colleagues in the South West so that the health and social care experience for all is a positive partnership."

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